ESUSD was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration. ESUSD is on a journey to create innovative learning experiences that help students develop learner attributes necessary to be successful in careers of the future. The integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade serves as one example that clearly prepares students for careers of the future. In addition, ESUSD utilizes iPads through its 1:1 Individualized Technology Initiative for students in grades 6-12 to integrate educational technology and blended learning opportunities that align with rigorous standards.
“It is tremendous honor for ESUSD to be selected as a member of the League of Innovative Schools along with only 18 other school districts nationwide,” said Dr. Melissa Moore, superintendent of the El Segundo Unified School District. “In order to remain competitive, ESUSD must evolve as an educational system in order to prepare our students with what is essential to be successful contributors in a dynamic global society. I believe this membership will positively impact ESUSD’s vision for student learning.”
The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With the new members, the League now includes 87 school districts in 33 states, representing nearly 3.3 million students. The full list of members can be found at digitalpromise.org/districts.
“The League of Innovative Schools connects and rallies the most dynamic leaders of the nation’s school districts in order to advance positive change in public education,” said Sara Schapiro, senior director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. “As Digital Promise celebrates its fifth anniversary, we’re excited to welcome our new League members and amplify their insights to help others support teaching and learning with technology.”
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;
- Join working groups on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts;
- Engage with entrepreneurs to advance product development and meet district needs;
- Support research that expands what we know about teaching and learning; 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 Superintendent Moore’s participation, there are also opportunities for other ESUSD school administrators, principals, and teachers to participate in League and Digital Promise initiatives.
The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2016 meeting on Nov. 2-4 in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league.
About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education in order to improve the opportunity to learn for all Americans. Through its work with educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise supports a comprehensive agenda to benefit lifelong learning and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy.