“The move of forming the (Luminary Learning Network) puts us as school leaders and teachers in the driver’s seat of what we believe to be best for our students. I’m really proud of that. I feel like we’re on the cusp of something big.
Denver School Leader

Partnering with Communities • Empowering Educators Serving Students Better

Empowerment Zones

We partner with local champions and stakeholders to explore, design, and launch Empowerment Zones.

Public Policy

We work with state and local elected and appointed officials to create and implement policy pathways that enable zones and empower educators.

Ecosystem

We engage with other organizations that share our belief in educator empowerment to find opportunities for collaboration and partnership in service of students.

Watch the video below to learn more from stakeholders in the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership.

Four South Texas ISDs Come Together for Partnership

Superintendents and board presidents of four nearby South Texas school districts signed a resolution Thursday evening establishing the creation of a Rural School Innovation Zone that will allow them to share educational services in partnership with Texas...

In Massachusetts, Initiatives to Empower Principals and Teachers

Massachusetts, the state where the first public high school opened in 1820 and the “common school’’ movement began in the 1830s, has ranked first in NAEP scores over seven consecutive tests since 2005. The Kids Count Data Center placed Massachusetts first in 2017,...

Transformation Waco Approves Management of Five Struggling Schools

On Tuesday, a newly formed nonprofit approved overseeing six schools in Waco for the next two years. Five of those schools were at risk of closing earlier this year are part of the schools that will now be managed by Transformation Waco. "It really sets the stage for...

Denver Expands Its Experiment With More Autonomous ‘Innovation Zones’

Five more Denver schools will have additional freedom this fall from school district rules. The school board voted unanimously Thursday to allow one school to join an existing “innovation zone” and another four to create a new one. Innovation zones...

What We’ve Learned From Leading Schools in Denver’s Luminary Network — And How We’ve Used Our Financial Freedom

Three years ago, we were among a group of Denver principals who began meeting to tackle an important question: How could we use Colorado’s innovation schools law to take our schools to the next level? As leaders of innovation schools, we already had the...

Denver’s Luminary Learning Network Shows How Innovation Zones Can Work for Teachers, Students, and Families

When we helped four school leaders launch an “innovation zone” in Denver two years ago, we weren’t sure where the journey would take us. The guiding vision was for radical empowerment of the educators closest to the students. So we began simply by asking...