Schools at the Crossroads of Innovation in Cities and Regions

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Many people would not consider schools among the most innovative institutions of modern societies. This perception is not entirely accurate, since education is innovating in many ways in order to meet the demands of the 21st century economies and societies. But teachers and schools cannot do it alone. They should be seen as actors and partners in broader ecosystems of innovation and learning at the local and regional levels. Schools are networking organisations, making important contributions to the regional economy and local community. Businesses, industry, organisations and communities can help and support schools, and can also benefit from their roles in learning, knowledge development and innovation.

This report serves as the background report to the third Global Education Industry Summit which was held on 25-26 September 2017 in Luxembourg. On the basis of recent OECD analysis, it discusses innovation in education, schools driving progress and well-being in communities, the role of industry and employers in supporting schools and suggests policies towards better ecosystems of learning and innovation. The report argues for better networking and partnerships between schools, regional industries and local communities.



Innovative schools

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This chapter looks at the characteristics of innovative schools. Drawing on the findings of the Innovative Learning Environment (ILE) project, it uses case studies to illustrate how schools can innovate by regrouping the four elements of the pedagogical core: learners (who?), educators (with whom?), content (what?) and resources (with what?) to rethink how traditional schools work. It then considers schools as learning organisations themselves: how they can become formative organisations with strong learning leadership, constantly informed by evidence. Finally, it discusses how technology has the potential to enhance innovation in schools by improving engagement and motivation and support student-driven learning and inquiry, interaction and collaboration, and considers the evidence for improved outcomes from investment in information and communications technology (ICT) in schools.


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