New data takes stock of how COVID and the sudden shift to remote learning have impacted progress toward school innovation

School innovation in a challenging year


New data takes stock of how COVID and the sudden shift to remote learning have impacted progress toward school innovation

Across the country, redefining the status quo has become the status quo for K–12 schools. Wide-scale remote and hybrid learning, mask-wearing culture, and “pods” all fall outside the bounds of what most of us imagined as mainstream schooling before this year.

But despite how schools all face a similar set of challenges, innovation towards new solutions—especially student-centered ones—can be a surprisingly lonely endeavor. Many of the leaders and educators responsible for designing and implementing new approaches are left asking: hasn’t anyone done this before? And how do I find out?

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The Canopy project aims to make those questions easier to answer. Last year, the project focused on surfacing a diverse set of innovative schools and documenting the practices they were implementing.

Now, the Christensen Institute and Transcend have teamed up, along with dozens of other Canopy project contributors, to ensure that up-to-date knowledge about school innovation is accessible and useful to the people who need it most this year: school leaders and design teams.

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