Got what it takes to be a
Model School or Innovative District?

29th Annual Model Schools Conference
Nashville | June 2021

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Submissions Due by 12.31.20

For 28 years, ICLE has identified the nation’s most rapidly improving schools and then shouted their successes from the rooftops so that others can learn from their work. These Model Schools are true turnaround stories driven by passionate leaders and teachers who ensure rigorous and equitable learning opportunities for all students. And at MSC, we get to hear firsthand about their achievements to replicate the results in classrooms across the country.

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Our Criteria

01
Laser-Like Focus on Student Learning

Model Schools and Innovative Districts know what matters most: the students! And it shows. There must be systemwide belief—and aligned behaviors—that students are the number one priority.

02
Strong Evidence Base

Model Schools and Innovative Districts are rapidly and dramatically improving student growth through strategic, practical approaches to leading and teaching. Student growth is validated with reliable, credible evidence, either quantitatively or qualitatively. Artifacts of student learning, teacher growth and the like are most welcome to share. Show us whatcha got.

03
Passion, Passion and (You Guessed It) More Passion

Conference participants consistently share with us the strong emotional connection they feel from Model Schools and Innovative Districts that present. Their passionate educators have taken their ambition and turned it into actions, especially during the challenging times of the pandemic this year. Rising to the challenge is the name of their game.

04
Future Focus

All schools have had to rapidly transform this school year, through blended learning, hybrid learning, distance learning—you name it, you’ve done it. Digital tools are no longer an optional luxury they’re a necessity. The future is here, and regression is not an option. Share your strategies for how you will continue to optimize learning to prepare students for their futures.

05
Culture Trumps Strategy

The pandemic has magnified areas of strength and weakness in our collective fortitude, perseverance and ability to find opportunity during times of struggle. Educators in Model Schools and Innovative Districts continue to forge ahead and create positive learning environments and a supportive culture that are felt across the school community. They know that if the culture’s not intact, then learning suffers.

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Extreme Innovation

Is this you? You’ve dabbled before with technology and new instructional strategies, but this year you’ve taken the pandemic as an opportunity to truly create disruption – and it is working! Teaching and leading strategies you never thought would or could work are now commonplace. We want to learn from you—what risks are making magic?

07
All Means All

Rigor, Relevance and Relationships for ALL students is our mantra. Model Schools/Innovative Districts apply these concepts with clear understanding, creating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive in order to reach the needs of ALL students.

Rigor/Relevance Framework ®

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Diversity

Collectively, the Model Schools and Innovative Districts selected will be diverse both demographically and geographically and represent urban, suburban, and rural populations. Regardless of location and/or population, you must be able to show that you’ve made advancements to close the opportunity gaps within your subgroup populations.

We’re looking to fill our program with many diverse sessions. Not sure your school is ready to be a model but you have a great story and best practices to share? Click any of our categories below to preview application criteria.

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