Innovation Partnerships

Published: 10/8/2018 9:31 AM

Innovation Lab Network

The Innovation Lab Network connects schools, districts, and state education agencies working to identify new designs for public education that create real student-centered systems that empower each individual student to thrive as a productive learner, worker, and citizen. CCSSO facilitates this network of states, which includes Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, to support programmatic, policy, and structure design work within each participating state and across the network. The network is a key element of CCSSO’s overall commitment to student-centered learning.


KnowledgeWorks is a national organization committed to providing every learner with meaningful personalized learning experiences that ensure success in college, career and civic life. With a presence in more than 30 states, they develop the capabilities of educators to implement and sustain competency-based and early college schools, partner with federal, state and district leaders to remove policy barriers that inhibit the growth of personalized learning and provide national thought leadership around the future of learning.

Network of State Innovation Partners

The Network of State Innovation Partners is a consortium of states facilitated by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinED).  The Network was credited to assist state education agencies and education partners in building innovative programs and pilots.  The Network will focus on issues that are common to all states, and ExcelinEd will locate and provide state and national resources. The primary goal of the Network is to advance state efforts to identify and provide the support and regulatory relief schools need to develop more student-centered models. Through quarterly virtual and in- person convenings, participants will continuously explore common problems, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices. The secondary goal of the Network is to identify and support effective communication and outreach efforts at the state, regional, and local levels. Support and resources will be made available as needs are identified. Finally, the Network will help ExcelinEd and its partners ensure that policy development and advocacy plans are informed by state and local experience. It will also provide an opportunity to “pressure test” new policy proposals.

Center for Innovation in Education

The Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky contributes to the national education reform agenda with a focus on ensuring more states are adopting and implementing a standard definition of college and career readiness that embodies “deeper learning” outcomes, implementing meaningful measures of those outcomes, and holding all levels of the system accountable for results.

​David Cook
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Innovation
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4201 Ext. 4832
Fax (502) 564-8149
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