About the Office of Innovation
Inspiring innovation in NYC public education
What we do
Now and in generations past, education has been our nation’s foundation for opportunity. But today’s education system requires transformation if we want to prepare students for success in a globally-connected world. To thrive, our students need to be engaged in learning that is relevant to their lives, and allows them to master the skills of tomorrow.
The iZone harnesses today’s resources to design school around the unique strengths, interests and needs of each student. We believe in expanding learning opportunities beyond the classroom walls and the dismissal bell. And we provide teachers with the resources and flexibility to support each of their students in developing the skills required for college and career success.
We design and test new learning models, and supply them with know-how and tools that bring promising models to scale.
With the edtech market
We get better tools in the hands of teachers and students by connecting startups and developers directly with educators
Within the NYC Dept. of Education
We build capacity for innovation and remove barriers that inhibit promising new models.
In 2010, the NYC Department Of Education established the iZone, a community of schools committed to personalizing learning environments to accelerate college and career readiness for students.
We are the nation’s first district to drive public sector innovation from the inside out. iZone started with 81 schools, but now includes nearly 300. Over the past three years, we’ve made great strides in enhancing the education system for students and teachers.