The Office of Innovation

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
- John Dewey
 
The world is changing. Rapidly. Technology is revolutionizing every industry and every facet of our lives. Research tells us that 65% of children entering grade school this year will assume careers that don’t yet exist. So what does this mean for K12 education? It means the educational systems of today cannot mirror the system of 50 years ago...or 5 years ago. It means our educational system- which is charged with providing all students a solid foundation for which to build their lives - must evolve alongside the rest of the rapidly changing world.

Dublin City Schools is committed to providing all students educational experiences that provide them with the essential content knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career and life. The District is constantly reflecting on our system to identify points to innovate. To us, innovation simply means iteration or invention in the name of creating better educational experiences for our kids. We innovate what we teach, how we teach, who teaches, the space in which students learn, and overall systemic pieces that will allow for scalability and sustainability of innovations. In this rapidly changing world, innovation also means acceleration of change - if something isn’t working for our students, we must pivot and change.

5 Types of Innovation in Dublin City Schools:

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Content and Skills: What content and skills will we teach students?
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Instructional Practice: How will we deliver the content and skills to students?

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Human Resources: What are the characteristics and skills of those who deliver content to students. What are the most efficient methods of ensuring our staff has access to the most current research-based practices? 
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Space: Where do we deliver the content and skills and is it an efficient and effective space?
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Innovation News

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Archived News
 Computer Science opportunities for students to be highlighted during Computer Science Education Week  Dec. 5-9 Computer Science opportunities for students to be highlighted during Computer Science Education Week  Dec. 5-9
A special event bringing together higher education and business leaders is only one of the highlights of Dublin City Schools’ Computer Science Education Week the first full week of December. 
Chief Innovation Officer Courtney Heppner Invited to White House Chief Innovation Officer Courtney Heppner Invited to White House
Chief Innovation Officer Courtney Heppner has been invited to the White House on Sept. 26 to be part of a national discussion about technology in education. 
District Hires First Chief Innovation Officer District Hires First Chief Innovation Officer
Innovation is not a buzzword to Courtney Heppner. It’s a mindset. A way of going about the business of education in the 21st century that isn't going to remind parents of their educational experiences. 

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Our Team

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Chief Innovation Officer  
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Director of Curriculum 
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Director of Secondary Education 
 
 
Administrative Assistant
 

Meet Chief Innovation Officer Courtney Heppner

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