Santa Ana Unified Joins National Network of Innovative School Districts

Santa Ana Unified was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.

 SAUSD was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.

 "We are extremely excited to be accepted into the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools,” said SAUSD Superintendent Stefanie P. Phillips, Ed.D. “This reaffirms how Santa Ana Unified School District is a leader in providing 21st century instruction and resources for students. Being a partner with other leading educational innovators will allow for more sharing of best practices and positively impact first and best instruction."

The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. The League is a coalition of 93 forward-thinking school districts in 33 states, serving more than 3.3 million students. Membership in the League is based on a combination of superintendent and school district qualifications.

 "The League of Innovative Schools works to improve outcomes for students and solve the challenges facing K-12 schools through powerful and smart use of learning technologies and research," said Kim Smith, executive director of the League of Innovative Schools. "We're excited to welcome our new League members and further amplify the collective voice of the League to advance positive change in public education."

The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2017 meeting on October 31 in South San Francisco, held in held in partnership with the EdSurge Fusion conference.

California currently has 12 districts that are a part of the League of Innovative Schools.

  • CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, David Miyashiro
  • COMPTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Darin Brawley
  • COVINA-VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Richard M. Sheehan
  • EL SEGUNDO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Melissa Moore
  • EVERGREEN SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Katherine Gomez
  • FULLERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Robert Pletka
  • LINDSAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Thomas Rooney
  • NAPA COUNTY SCHOOLS, Superintendent, Barbara Nemko
  • NAPA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Patrick Sweeney
  • NEW TECH NETWORK, Superintendent, Lydia Dobyns
  • SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Vincent Matthews
  • SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Superintendent, Stefanie Phillips

For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit their website.