“Innovation zones allow educators in traditional district schools to better meet the needs of their students through tailored approaches.”

“Empower Schools partners with communities to design, launch, and, if needed, support these zones over time. Take the Luminary Learning Network as an example: working with local partners, the Empower team helped school leaders think creatively about a structure that could empower educators as a crucial way to unlock more student achievement. With Empower’s strategic guidance and on the ground implementation support, educators were able to do the difficult but rewarding work required to move more decision-making authority to the people closest to the students: educators. That’s a unique approach to what school leadership really looks like, and it’s working.”

– Mary Seawell, Senior Vice President, Education, Gates Family Foundation