Providence – The Innovation Zone
WINNER: Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge Winners
Providence's Children and Youth Cabinet, a cross-sector collaborative between the Providence Public School Department, the Mayor’s office, community organizations, higher education, state agencies, educators, and parents, is the city-wide table for deploying collective impact strategies to improve outcomes for children and youth from cradle to career. The Innovation Zone embodies a tremendous opportunity to rethink the status quo and fundamentally transform the district’s schools. There is a deep sense of urgency to invest in the district’s underperforming schools, and to then use these schools as the catalyst for broader, district-wide improvement. The schools and the district cannot do this work alone. The Innovation Zone will show that dramatic and sustainable school turnaround can be achieved through ongoing collaboration between the district, its schools, municipal leaders, community members, and partner organizations.