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Sioux Falls School District joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the country

October 5, 2017 | Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls School District was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.

Sioux Falls School District was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.

Dr. Brian Maher, Superintendent of Sioux Falls Public Schools says, “The League of Innovative Schools is a highly-select group of K-12 programs that are on the cutting edge of defining the future of education. As Superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District, I couldn’t be more proud of our staff for creating a powerful momentum in the areas of student achievement and engagement. Our membership in the League of Innovative Schools will only accelerate the many great things already happening in our schools as we share our ideas and learn from some of this country’s best minds in education.”

The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With the new members, the League now includes 93 school districts in 33 states. The full list of members can be found at digitalpromise.org/districts.

“The League of Innovative Schools works to improve outcomes for students and solve the challenges facing K-12 schools through powerful and smart use of learning technologies and research,” said Kim Smith, executive director of the League of Innovative Schools. “We’re excited to welcome our new League members and further amplify the collective voice of the League to advance positive change in public education.”

League members are represented by their superintendent, who commits to:

  • Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners;
  • Participate in League challenge collaboratives on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts;
  • Support Digital Promise research and provide feedback so it translates easily into classroom experiences and expands what we know about teaching and learning;
  • Engage with entrepreneurs to advance edtech product development steeped in the latest learning science and meets district needs; and
  • Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts.

In addition to superintendents’ participation, there are also opportunities for other school administrators, principals, and teachers to participate in League and Digital Promise initiatives.

The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2017 meeting on October 31 in South San Francisco, held in held in partnership with the EdSurge Fusion conference.

For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league.

Press Contacts:

Digital Promise
Kristin Atkins
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Sioux Falls School District
DeeAnn Konrad/Ben Schumacher
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About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.