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03/17/14

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Releases Guide on Fostering Innovation

Adriana Martinez

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released a guide titled "Fostering Innovation in Wisconsin Schools: Beyond Credits and Seat Time and Toward Innovative Practices that Lead to College and Career Readiness", which was created by the Credit Flexibility Workgroup. State Superintendent Tony Evers established this workgroup in 2013 to assist districts in understanding the flexibility available under current law and to provide examples of how flexibility can support innovative practices such as personalized learning, learning opportunities beyond the classroom, and dual-credit programs. This guide is the workgroup's final product and explores various ways districts can access flexibility to pursue innovation to help children succeed. In an effort to increase awareness around flexibility, DPI staff also participated in a webinar to provide an overview of this resource and share guidance on how to advance innovative practices in their schools through flexibility.

As a member of the Innovation Lab Network (the ILN), Wisconsin is dedicated to identifying, implementing and scaling promising innovative practices that lead to greater college and career ready outcomes for all students. Wisconsin's ILN priorities focus on personalized learning, which include creating policy conditions- such as flexibility- for schools to implement and scale personalized learning.