So You Think You Want to Innovate?

Emerging Lessons and a New Tool for State and District Leaders Working to Build a Culture of Innovation 

HoneycombCommitted educators and organizational leaders at every level are working hard to design and implement new approaches they believe can be more effective for students than those we currently have in place. Through sheer force of will, many of these new ideas will have the chance to be tested in practice—and some will prove effective.

However, each of these ideas, whether at the state, district or classroom level, inevitably passes through the context of one or more organizations. How receptive an organization is to new approaches will determine whether or not they succeed and, more important, whether ideas that prove effective will have a chance to spread to other parts of the system.

Therefore, if we want to accelerate positive change for America’s students: What more could we be doing to help organizational leaders across the education sector develop and sustain a culture of innovation?


It was with this question in mind that The Learning Accelerator and our partner 2Revolutions (2Rev) teamed up to better understand the factors that contribute to innovation culture, what it takes to build and sustain it over time, and what we could learn from other organizations that appear to be doing this well both inside and outside of the education sector.

The result of our study is a framework, assessment tool, and Innovation Scorecard we felt could be useful to organizational leaders at the state and district levels as they work to create a Culture of Innovation.

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“People driven by a pursuit that puts them on the edges are often not on the periphery, but on the frontier, testing the limits of what it is possible to withstand and discover.”  – Sarah Lewis, Author and Arts Advocate 

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