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Innovation: "A new approach that brings an improved result"

“We are not concerned with innovation in education merely for the sake of novelty. We are concerned with innovation as a necessary ingredient in creating and sustaining a culture of performance in public education, one that is based on the kind of continuous improvement that we believe is necessary to bring about faster and better problem solving that can, in turn, increase student achievement results.” New Venture Schools

The Mission Statement:


We believe that the opportunity gap is an adaptive problem,  these types of  problems do not have simple solutions.  In order to address  the context, mindset and beliefs  at the root cause  of adaptive problems,  those  closest to the students and students themselves must be involved in designing the solutions.  


The MPS Innovation Incubator works to support classroom innovation using Design Thinking as a lever for change. We  support  teachers extending their capacity  to create authentic, relevant and engaging classroom practices, content and structures.


Toward that end, the Office of the Superiendent in partnership with the  STEM Team, Innovation Team  and the Office of New Schools have provided  a series  of Design Thinking, Innovation Saturday Sessions.

Additionally,  we provided 3 hours'  SPARK' Sessions focused on Student Centered Design Thinking.

Our newest offerings  are:


Pockets of Innovation Summit 

Friday, June 10th, Franklin Middle School 9:00-2:00 

You are invited to the 1st MPS Pockets of Innovation Summit!

Participants of the Pockets of Innovation Summit will:

·        See a 3D printer and KUBI Robot in action

·        Learn about great projects happening in MPS classroom:

·        Vote for the best idea in the MPS Shark Tank

·        Hear from leading Innovator, Ms. Makisha Boothe former Senior Director  of Denver Public Schools Imaginarium

·        Experience a showcase of ‘best practice’  innovation lab from this school year


View MinnPost article about the Pockets of Innovation Summit.


Classroom Innovation Lab: Indigenous Nations Law Lab

The South High All Nations Program in Partnership with the, Indian Education Program  and the  Hogan & Adams Law Firm are doing a Moot Court research experience about the topic of Blood Quantum This Indigenious Nations Law Lab will include flied trips,  guest speakers and the Moot Court Presentation.  

Watch to learn more about the Innovation Indigenous Law Lab



For questions contact Lanise.block@mpls.k12.mn.us