New York City Department of Education, Office of Innovation

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About us

The Innovation Zone (iZone) is a community of innovative New York City schools committed to personalizing learning. By meeting the needs, motivations and strengths of each child, students will be better prepared for success in K-12, college and career. Across the iZone, schools achieve personalization in a variety of ways based on which ideas, technology and tools work best for their school community.

In iZone schools:

  • Real-time information is used to support each student, evaluating their level at the start of a lesson and charting their progress, so teachers may provide extra help or new challenging opportunities, as needed.
  • Teachers are equipped to provide collaborative learning and cultural exchange opportunities and students are exposed to the real-world through guest lectures, internships and externships.
  • Digital resources supplement a teacher's instruction, allowing students to take interesting online courses (under the guidance and support of a classroom teacher) that meet their needs, such as college level, credit recovery, elective or language courses.
  • Teachers have more time to plan lessons alone and with fellow teachers to collectively address each student's needs and create engaging curriculum that will adhere to college
    and career readiness standards.

The iZone started with 81 schools across all five boroughs of New York City in school year 2010-2011. In school year 2011-2012, that number will more than double to over 160 schools. By 2014, the iZone community will grow to 400 schools.


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65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, US

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