This article is part of a Bridgespan Group research project that focuses on exploring the design features of “Innovation Zones” around the country including efforts in Springfield and in Denver where Empower served as a design and launch partner.
An excerpt from the report:
The Denver Pubic Schools (DPS) approved creation of the Luminary Learning Network (LLN), the district’s first innovation zone, to build on past progress rather than to catalyze a turnaround effort. Previously, the district had designated the four elementary schools that make up the network as innovation schools, and each improved student outcomes under that designation. Nonetheless, leaders of the four schools requested innovation zone status to gain increased autonomy to tailor instruction to each school’s needs.
“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done,” said Susana Cordova, then-acting superintendent of DPS.
Read the full report from Bridgespan here.