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Advice: Creating Clusters to Support Innovation

Tapping education, research, and commercial partners


Education Innovation Clusters accelerate the pace of innovation by bringing together education, research, and commercial partners. These types of clusters are forming across the country, where forward-thinking partners focus on breakthroughs in learning technologies, streamline research, and accelerating the development of new tools and approaches for learning. With a supportive regulatory and funding environment, these innovation centers have the potential to help states create new knowledge, tools and outcomes for students.

The U.S. Department of Education encourages forward-thinking regions to come together to form an innovation cluster focusing on a specific challenge that their region is uniquely suited to address and solve. The DOE offers a useful overview of education innovation clusters for states that want to support such clusters.

The Remake Learning Network in Pittsburgh developed a playbook to support innovative people and organizations who are shaping the future of teaching and learning. Created by The Sprout Fund as a digital & tangible product, the playbook documents the process and outcomes of both the Pittsburgh region’s efforts to create a community-wide learning innovation network, and specific projects the network has catalyzed.