INNOVATION AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
As noted in the Innovative Teaching and Learning Research: 2011 Findings and Implications report from Microsoft’s Partners in Learning initiative, "Innovative teaching practices are more likely to flourish when particular supportive conditions are in place. These conditions include
- Teacher collaboration that focuses on peer support and the sharing of teaching practices,
- Professional development that involves the active and direct engagement of teachers, particularly in practicing and researching new teaching methods, and
- A school culture that offers a common vision of innovation as well as consistent support that encourages new types of teaching."
Continuous school improvement and rapid school improvement strategies rely on evidence-based practices as well as innovations in teaching and learning. For all students to be ready for college and careers, it is imperative that all schools attain excellence. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) states, "For all students to thrive in the classroom, in college, and in a career, our educational system must continuously develop and embrace the very best practices, policies, and ideas."
- Arts Integration: A Strategy to Improve Teaching, Promote Personal Competencies, and Turn Around Low-Performing Schools
- Arkansas Student-Focused Learning System Legislation (2017)
- Indistar System for School Improvement (2015)
- Colorado Turnaround Leadership Program (2015)
- Kansas Can School Redesign (2015)
- New Mexico Principals Pursing Excellence Program (2015)
- Arts Integration Infographic
- Arkansas Supporting Districts with Monitoring Progress Toward Goals (2018)
C3 and SC3 are partnering to convene the annual cross-regional advisory board with the goal of receiving input from stakeholders from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma (SC3) and Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri (C3). This year's theme is "Educational Equity: Using Evidence-Based Practices to Close Achievement Gaps."
On August 8, 2018, C3 and SC3 hosted the sixth annual Regional Advisory Board Meeting in an online format! The theme, Equitable Choices + Empowered Voices = Student Success, allowed RAB members to focus on what states, districts, and schools are and should be doing to promote student success for the unique and diverse students of each state.
The 2nd Annual C3/SC3 Regional Advisory Boards Meeting was held in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 7-8, 2014.
The South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) at the University of Oklahoma Outreach is completing a series of professional learning sessions for the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) Office of School Support and Improvement (OSSI).
The Central Comprehensive Center (C3) at the University of Oklahoma Outreach is providing support and resources to the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) statewide professional learning initiative, Kansans Can School Redesign, to help make this vision a reality.
An arts integration experience for New Mexico to build capacity to support and implement a program for some of its districts and schools is underway. To support this endeavor, SC3 connected NMPED Priority Schools Bureau leadership, Eubank Academy of Fine Arts, and APS with Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School in Oklahoma City.
SC3 supports Arkansas Department of Education during Center on Innovations in Learning Indistar work sessions!
Fifth Annual Indistar Summit Update: The South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) at the University of Oklahoma and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) co-hosted the fifth annual Indistar Summit, sponsored by the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) on March 16-18, 2015, in Rogers, Arkansas.
C3 and SC3 are proud to support Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico in the UVA Darden School of Business/Curry School of Education Partnership for Leaders in Education Turnaround Specialist Program.
Central Comprehensive Center (C3), North Central Regional Resource Center (NCRRC), and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) staff members and partners gathered on June 6, 2013, to begin discussion and develop an action plan to design a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).