It all starts with Literacy.

Innovations for Learning starts search for 2014 school district partners


Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 10.21.07 AM


In its continuing effort to help more students learn to read in the critical early years of school, Innovations for Learning is beginning its selection process for 2014 school district partnerships.

Over the next six to eight months, Innovations will be seeking and selecting two or three large school districts for this philanthropic partnership.

These newly selected partners will become part of the growing group that Innovations works with:

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Broward County, Fla, Public Schools
  • Duval County, Fla, Public Schools
  • Oakland, Calif., Public Schools

The non-profit Innovations will assist the selected districts in implementing a blended-learning model, combining technology and face-to-face teaching, focusing on literacy in kindergarten and first grade.

The schools will use Innovations’ TeacherMate program on tablet devices; the TutorMate program, which taps local corporate volunteers; and community fundraising and philanthropic support to expand the model to more schools in the years ahead.

Each year, Innovations selects two or three districts as recipients of this partnership.

“Our selection process is fairly informal,” says Barbara Gilbert, the group’s national education director. “We initially meet with district leadership to brief them on our non-profit work — to see if our visions and goals align with the district.

“We focus on questions like, will our work support the current needs of the district? Does the district have the capacity to bring us on as a partner? Is there buy-in and collaboration at all levels to support the work?”

“This exploratory process brings to the surface those districts that would make for a strong partner. These are the districts we select and pour our resources into.”

To inquire about the selection process, please contact Barbara Gilbert at


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *