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Partnership for Next Generation Learning Innovation Labs Selected

Over the past two years, CCSSO has been engaged in an intensive effort to chart a course to transform our public education system. To bring this vision to reality, CCSSO has formed an alliance with the Stupski Foundation to launch the Partnership for Next Generation Learning (PNxGL). The PNxGL was formally launched at CCSSO's 2009 Annual Policy Forum. In December, 2009, CCSSO issued an invitation to all its members to join the partnership through the PNxGL Innovation Lab Network. Since then, 26 states have indicated an interest in joining the PNxGL learning community.

Of the state education agencies (SEAs) that stepped forward to be part of this bold effort, six demonstrated both readiness and capacity to establish an Innovation Lab-comprised of the SEA, district(s), school(s), and partners-within their state. These pioneering states include Kentucky, Maine, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. These states will begin their work together in late May with intensive support from CCSSO, the Stupski Foundation, and others who will be engaged in the partnership.

The Innovation Lab Network will also include affiliate members who will benefit from and contribute to this learning community, as well as strengthen their readiness to participate as a future Innovation Lab. To date, 12 SEAs have signed on as affiliates, including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and South Dakota.

Through the PNxGL, state and local education leaders, CCSSO, the Stupski Foundation, and other key partners will transform current systems of schooling to a new design for public education. This ambitious effort will shift practice and policy at the local, state, and federal levels through a shared vision and collective action.

We congratulate all of the states in the Innovation Lab Network who will be true trailblazers in transforming their systems of education to better serve and prepare students for the global community in which they will live and work. For more information please contact Elizabeth Partoyan, NxGL Strategic Initiative Director at elizabethp@ccsso.org, or PNxGL leads Lois Adams-Rodgers at loisar@ccsso.org, and Linda Pittenger at lindap@ccsso.org.