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Gurnee School District 56 Accepted into
National Network of Innovative School Districts

 Gurnee School District 56 joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the U.S.

October 19, 2015 – Gurnee School District 56 is one of 22 school districts accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education.

Gurnee School District 56 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.

“The invitation to join the League of Innovative Schools validates the commitment the Board and staff have made in providing all students in this District the best possible education,” said Superintendent Dr. John Hutton.  “With this award, Gurnee School District 56 has once again been identified as one of the top school districts in the United States.”

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 73 school districts in 33 states, representing 3.2 million students. The full list of members can be found at

“The League’s goal is to find leaders pioneering bold, creative, and student-centric practices, connect them with each other, and amplify what they do best so others can learn,” said Sara Schapiro, director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. “With these new members, we add a wealth of insights, ideas, and energy to help our members effectively support teaching and learning through 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
  • 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 to participate in League and Digital Promise initiatives.

The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2015 meeting on Oct. 25-27 in Pittsburgh. The meeting will host about 175 national school leaders and prominent education experts, entrepreneurs, and officials, with the goal of addressing shared priorities and setting goals that district leaders will pursue throughout the year.

For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit:


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