At Innovate Public Schools
Accelerating the Growth of
World-class Public Schools
California is home to some excellent public schools serving low-income students and students of color. However, we just don’t have enough of them.
Innovate Public Schools is working to increase the number of world-class public schools by strengthening existing schools and helping start new high-quality schools. Since launching in 2013, we have worked with over 60 fellows to launch and/or lead over 20 schools throughout the Bay Area.
Innovate Public Schools:
- Partners with diverse organizations and individuals to launch and lead new and redesigned schools
- Recruits and incubates talented leaders to create innovative new school models and networks, and
- Provides strategic support to districts and charter school networks
World-class Schools Fellowship
Through our flagship World-class Schools Fellowship, we support talented educators from both school districts and charter schools to start excellent new public schools and redesign chronically low-performing schools.
The best schools in the country vary in their curriculum, approach, and the communities they serve, but share core elements that are essential to their success. Over 30 school leaders have completed our year-long program grounded in the proven practices of our World-class Schools Framework.
Fellows receive training in leadership development and effective school design, visit top schools for underserved students, and receive one-on-one coaching, while developing their school plan. Many Fellows also spend time in residency at high-performing schools.
Fellowship Partner Organizations
Since launching in 2013, we have worked with over 60 fellows to launch and/or lead over 20 schools throughout the Bay Area.
- Alum Rock
- Mt. View-Whisman
- Redwood City
- Santa Clara Unified
- San Jose Unified
- Milpitas Unified
- West Contra Costa Unified
Charter School Networks
- ACE Charter Schools
- Alpha Public Schools
- Bullis Charter School
- Downtown College Prep
- Infinity College Academy
- Ipso Schools
- Navigator Schools
- Mary L. Booker Leadership Academy
- Oxford Day Academy
- Promise Academy
- Rocketship Education
- Voices College-Bound Language Academy
School Innovation Grantees
- Alpha Public Schools
- Education for Change
- Gilroy Unified
- Mt View-Whisman School District
- San Francisco Unified
“The experience was extremely valuable, both for myself as an individual professional, but also for the growth of my school. I feel like the new learning, coupled with time to actually work on the school plan and be coached on it were extremely valuable.”
Hear what fellows have to say
“Innovate Public Schools’ Fellowship has helped me to comprehend in much more detail how to successfully open a school. It was really, really helpful, and I definitely recommend it to a lot of people.”
Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley School District
“What we all want is for kids to be successful and I feel like I have built relationships that can help us do that. I have more people to learn from and lean on, and I feel more confident we can build a school system that works for many, instead of a system that works for a few.”
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