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ERIC Number: ED519947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
New York City's iZone. CRPE Working Paper #2011-1
Lake, Robin; Gross, Betheny
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Can public schools learn to embrace innovation and employ cutting edge technology to solve students' most persistent learning problems? In 2010, New York City's Department of Education (NYCDOE) created the Innovation Zone (iZone) to try to accomplish just that. This report reflects the findings of a CRPE study of the iZone, its goals and challenges. Over the next three years, the iZone leaders hope to produce upwards of 100 schools in NYC that are based on dramatically new approaches to instruction. The NYCDOE believes iZone schools can produce breakthrough results by harnessing technology, altering the use of staffing structures and time, adopting much more rigorous standards for student work, and creating highly personalized environments. iZone schools are supposed to explore and innovate with student-centered mastery designs that are characterized by five core principles: (1) Performance Assessment & Mastery-Based Grading; (2) Personalized Learning Plans; (3) Multiple Learning Modalities (e.g., a combination of independent student work, small group instruction, one-on-one instruction, student collaborative activities, on-line instruction); (4) New Staff and Student Roles; and (5) Globally Competitive Standards. NYC is one of the first districts in the country to try to scale up broad innovation. As they move to take the iZone to scale, district officials face daunting challenges in promoting true innovation within the massive bureaucracy of New York City public schools. Some of the problems are evident now; others are likely to emerge in the future. Over the next few years, how the district copes with challenges like the inertia of the status quo, risk management and accountability, and paying for scale will offer lessons for other districts who follow suit. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Identifiers - Location: New York