Beginning in the Fall of 2010, New York City’s Department of Education founded the Innovation Zone, better known as iZone. Like school systems in Baltimore and Denver, iZone is a portfolio district, meaning that the district manages a “portfolio” of school choices that includes traditional public schools and charter schools.
Initially compromised of 81 pilot schools across New York City’s five boroughs, iZone launched three aggressive initiatives to increase student success while challenging the traditional classroom-based learning model:
1) iZone 360 – re-invent the classroom through whole school re-design
2) iLearnNYC – provide more educational resources by deploying online and blended learning strategies
3) Innovate NYC School – develop a more personalized, student-driven learning experience through the use of technology
While there is no typical iZone classroom, all iZone schools share common threads:
- Teachers and students receive real time data and information. This enables teachers to track their students’ progress and provide extra help or more challenging work as needed.
- Students are encouraged to gain real-world experience through internships, externships, attending guest lectures, and independent study.
- With the support and guidance of their teacher, students are encouraged to take interesting online classes to supplement their classwork.
- Teachers collaborate with one another to make sure their lesson plans address the needs of their students and align with global college readiness standards.
By 2014, iZone is expected to consist of 400 schools in the New York City area.
To learn more about the iZone, be sure to attend LEV’s June 13 Speaker Series: Creating new models of teaching and learning: From NYC to Highline. Details below.
What: Creating new models of teaching and learning: From NYC to Highline
When: June 13, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: UW at South Lake Union, Room TBA