The Innovate12 model has four key phases, which span the course of one school year:
Phase 1: Leadership Development
- The key to a strong innovation program is a team of people who can effectively lead the change process. Innovate K12 supports the development of explicit skills and strategies that leaders will use to guide their event. Leadership development occurs throughout the year, but the core learning is launched during the summer at the annual InnovateK12 Summit. This summer, members will enjoy a webinar series in place of the Innovation Summit.
Phase 2: Crowd-Based Innovation
- Many of our members will launch a 6-8 week innovation event in the fall. Other members use the innovation platform as a strategic change management tool throughout the year. In either situation, the InnovateK12 team will work closely with you to identify your innovation goals, create a communication plan, launch your event, and maximize use of the innovation platform to provide you with insight into the wisdom of your “crowd.”
Phase 3: Design Workshops
- Once you have identified top ideas, the InnovateK12 team will take your innovation team through a train-the-trainer workshop to provide your team with principles of human-centered design and lean start-up so that your team will have the knowledge and skills necessary to take top ideas through design sprints. In the end, your innovation team and design workshop participants will take pride in well-designed prototypes that can be implemented quickly.
Phase 4: Prototype Management
- The most critical phase of the innovation process is testing prototypes. By using data to continually iterate, refine, and improve the prototypes, design teams will be able to determine solution viability. This process is iterative and can span multiple school years. However, well-designed solutions that grow in this way are often accompanied by strong buy-in and support from stakeholders. The InnovateK12 team will provide you with guidelines for testing and recommendations for communicating project updates.