Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Innovative Schools...

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from a member of our district's Innovation Team,  asking for suggestions of schools both locally, nationally, and internationally that have developed innovative strategies to address the 5 Core Strategies and Vision Outcomes our district identified last year as part of our Secondary Study. The team's mission this year is to develop an implementation plan for how these vision outcomes might be implemented in our "next generation" of schools in Edina.


Here is my list. Please feel free to add others I should have included in the comments below!

Local:
  1. Minnesota New Country School, Henderson, Minnesota
  2. Innovation Zone-Spring Lake Park and Farmington Public Schools
  3. Jennings Community Learning Center, St. Paul, MN
  4. Upper Mississippi Academy- Minneapolis, MN
National:
  1. Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA
  2. High Tech High School, San Diego, CA
  3. Anne Frank Inspire Academy, Houston, TX
  4. Quest2Learn, New York, NY

International
  1. Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  2. Albany Senior High School, Albany, New Zealand
  3. Ressun Lukio Upper School, Helsinki, Finland
  4. Unionville High School, Ontario, Canada
Some of the schools on the list I've known of for years, some have been featured on television programs, others came up in searches, and others, like Science Leadership Academy, I have visited and greatly admire. Which schools would YOU put on your list? Which of mine do you agree with? Which would you leave off? I invite you to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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