The Canopy:

Building Collective Knowledge

How are K-12 schools innovating across the country? Too often in education we turn to the same school exemplars time and again, resulting in a narrow view of what innovation looks like.

To better understand how and where student-centered learning is taking root, we need to see both the “trees”—individual schools—and the whole “forest” of schools that are innovating.

The Canopy is a collaborative effort to surface a more diverse set of innovative schools, and develop an index of approaches linked to student-centered learning.

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76

Nominating organizations

72%

"Under-the-radar" schools not included in common datasets

88

Innovative approaches

Discover schools in the Canopy

Nominating organizations from around the country identified 235 schools to be included in the Canopy. Most schools responded to confirm their data and describe their school models.

Nominated

Confirmed

What collective insights could we generate if we break down knowledge silos about school innovation? The new #Canopy project aims to find out.

Canopy data uses 12 general approach tags and 76 specific practice tags to describe innovation in schools. Download the report and the full public dataset to discover more insights.

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Acknowledgments

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Advisory Partners

Philanthropic Supporters

Nominating Organizations

228 Accelerator

Alliance for Catholic Ed

Anonymous (9)

Barr Foundation

Big Picture Learning

Bluum

Building Blocks Education

Center for Artistry and
Scholarship

Center for Assessment

Center for Teaching Quality  

Center for Secondary School
Redesign

Charter School Growth Fund

Christensen Institute

Colorado Education Initiative

Core2Edge Consulting

Connecticut Center for School
Change

digiLEARN

Digital Promise

EdSurge

EdTech Specialists, LLC

Education Evolving

Education First

Education Reimagined

Ed Resources Consortium

Educurious

EdVisions

EL Education

Evergreen Education Group

Global Teaching Project

Great Schools Partnership

Highlander Institute

Idaho Dept of Education

Illinois Board of Education

Make Learning Personal

Mastery Collaborative

Michigan Dept of Education

Michigan Virtual

Microschool Revolution

Moonshot edVentures

NACA Inspired Schools

National Center for Learning
Disabilities

National Charter Collaborative

New Hampshire Learning
Initiative

NewSchools Venture Fund

Next Generation Learning
Challenges

New Hampshire Dept of
Education

Office of Innovation for
Education (U of Arkansas)

Oklahoma Dept of Education

Overdeck Family Foundation

PBLWorks

Populace

PowerMyLearning

Public Impact

Raise Your Hand Texas
Foundation

reDesign, LLC

ReSchool

Rogers Family Foundation

South Carolina Dept of
Education

Springpoint

Team Digital

Tennessee SCORE

The Friday Institute

The Institute for Personalized
Learning

The Learning Accelerator

TNTP

Transcend

Utah Board of Education

Virginia Dept of Education