Orange Unified Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts

Orange Unified School District joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the country 

August 14, 2019 | Orange, CA – Orange Unified was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.

Orange Unified was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to equity and excellence. “League” districts pioneer innovative learning and leadership practices that lead to improved outcomes for students helping prepare them as they learn for life.

“OUSD is proud and excited to be a part of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools,” said Orange Unified Superintendent of Schools Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D. “We are looking forward to working with the League to advance equity and excellence for every student by enhancing effective use of learning technologies in our classrooms and addressing the challenges facing K-12 schools.”

The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With their new members, the League now includes 114 school districts in 34 states.

League members are represented by their superintendent, who commits to:

  • Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners;
  • Participate in League challenge collaborations on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts;
  • Support Digital Promise research and provide feedback so it translates easily into classroom experiences and expands what we know about teaching and learning;
  • Engage with entrepreneurs to advance educational technology product development steeped in the latest learning science and meets district needs; and
  • Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts.

In addition to superintendents’ participation, there are also opportunities for other school administrators, principals, and teachers from member districts to participate in League and Digital Promise-related initiatives.

The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2019 meeting on October 16 in Loudoun County, Virginia, where more than 250 superintendents, district leaders, partners, and researchers from across the country will convene.

For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit digitalpromise.org/league.

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About Orange Unified

The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 K-12 grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  Our vision is to inspire our learners of today to be purposeful leaders of tomorrow. In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader. For more information, visit the Orange Unified website and follow @OrangeUnifiedCA to see our latest news.

 About Digital Promise

Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.

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The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 K-12 grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.