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BRADLEY — Bradley Union School District has been accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national network of school districts that connects and supports the most forward-thinking leaders in education.

The League is organized by Digital Promise, a global nonprofit working to expand opportunity for every learner by bridging solutions across research, practice and technology.

Bradley Union School District was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its educational leadership, demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence, innovative vision for learning, key achievements and collaborative spirit.

“Our district believes in focusing on the whole child,” said Josh Van Norman, superintendent of Bradley Union School District. “We are currently using a career development platform that allows for students to explore their strengths, interests and passions. Using that information, we are able to coordinate guest speakers and arrange for meaningful field trips based on our students’ interests, and we offer a variety of enrichment opportunities, including public speaking, art, gardening, intervention support and sports.”

Bradley Union School District now joins Greenfield Union School District in Greenfield and San Antonio Union School District in Lockwood as the only League members from South Monterey County.

Since 2011, the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools has spearheaded innovative learning and leadership practices and accepts new members through an open application process once per year.

“As teaching and learning rapidly evolve amidst the advent of new technologies, the League’s mission to connect innovative education leaders is more vital than ever,” said Jillian Doggett, director of network support at Digital Promise. “Through its network of forward-thinking leaders, the League provides school districts with opportunities to leverage research-backed approaches for addressing complex challenges; stay at the forefront of cutting-edge educational practices; and implement innovative solutions that meet the needs of all students.”

League members are represented by their superintendent, who has access to unique professional learning opportunities, including:

  • Attending biannual League convenings, which feature school visits, deep-dive breakout sessions, and networking opportunities;
  • Connecting through regular in-person and virtual programs and events to see innovations from other districts in action, deepen relationships, and share and learn;
  • Engaging with other forward-thinking education leaders from around the country around key challenges and generating best practices and resources; and
  • Partnering with Digital Promise to pilot new models and co-design solutions that benefit educators and students.

Working with educators, researchers, technology leaders and communities, the League of Innovative Schools equips superintendents and district leaders to help shape the future of teaching and learning through hands-on opportunities to collaborate, connect and learn.

League members have access to unique opportunities to co-create, pilot and scale innovative practices, apply learnings to their own districts and identify and promote promising practices to other districts across the country.

The League officially welcomed Bradley Union School District and other new members at its spring convening from March 18-21, held in-person in New York, N.Y. The new members’ entrance into the League contributes toward the network’s reach of more than 150 districts across 38 states, and expands its cumulative impact to 4.4 million students served over time.

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

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Bradley Union School District teachers (Mrs. Honerkamp, Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Shaffer) visit Times Square while in New York for the League of Innovative Schools’ national convening March 18-21. (Contributed)
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