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Reinventing Education

strategically, collaboratively, and sustainably

What We Do

We aim to provide resources and programs that are genuinely useful and significant. We charge for some of them so we can keep researching, creating, and sharing.

IDEA's Activities

IDEA mobilizes action to advance meaningful learning and build a more just and sustainable democracy. We strengthen the capacity of young people, educators, and communities by building relationships, identifying powerful learning spaces, and sharing the highest quality resources. Instead of promoting a “one size fits all” approach to educational change, IDEA works to transform the U.S. educational system in ways that honor, rather than wash-away, the complexities of different communities.

IDEA helps show what powerful learning looks like today and what it can look like in 25 years, and creates the pathways so eventually all young people get access to that learning every day, everywhere.

Framing the Narrative

Through social, digital, and traditional media, IDEA helps frame the story of what’s happening in schools and communities across the country.

Organizing

Youth, educators, and organizers in existing schools and organizations collaborate five hours a week. Senior Fellows lead nine national and six place-based organizing teams.

Innovation Tours

Strategically built events in which thirty participants visit four exciting learning spaces to see the best of democratic education in action.

IDEA Library

This searchable online database is a collaborative project to curate the highest quality resources that support meaningful learning and help build the will for change.

Membership

Building a powerful network of schools and organizations working together to solve shared challenges.

School Assessment

We developed this survey to allow students, teachers, staff, parents, and school administrators to take snapshots of what’s happening in their schools.

Story Mapping

The evaluation process we use to identify our contributions to impact and increase our capacity to be more strategic, collaborative, and effective.

Tools, Products, & Services

We aim to provide resources that are genuinely useful and significant. We charge for some of them so we can keep researching, creating, and sharing.