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The New Learning Models Library is a resource for school and district leaders to find a diverse framework of dimensions to innovate on. These models are found in various states and cities across the nation and include innovation opportunities that are not district specific but instead are school or program based and can serve as inspiration as districts and schools start their innovation strategy.

The focus of this work is the cataloging of networks, schools and districts and out of school programs to provide resources of inspiration for innovative systemic work across the nation and in Texas.

For implementation inspiration visit our Texas Learning Solutions Case Studies Page.


Helpful definitions as you explore the learning models library.

Active Learning: Any learning activity in which the student participates or interacts with the learning process

Blended Learning: An approach to education that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods

School/Charter: A publicly funded independent school established by teachers, parents, or community groups under the terms of a charter with a local or national authority

Magnet: A public school offering special instruction and programs not available elsewhere, designed to attract a more diverse student body from throughout a school district

District: An area which includes all the schools that are situated within that area and are governed by a particular authority

Organization: Entity(ies) that collaborate with school systems to provide support

Microschool: Small schools that usually enroll 15 students or less and incorporate mixed-age level groups (can also occur in private homes)

Cohort: Students who are educated at the same period of time (a group of classmates)

Part-Time Program: High school programs that allow students to share time at career centers or other entities to engage in real world learning opportunities

Network: Educational focused units that allows educators to learn from one another and feel supported by internal and external resources

Private: A school supported by a private organization or private individuals rather than by the government

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Highland Academy, Anchorage, AK


iLEAD Schools, Castaic, CA


Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA), Dallas, TX


Iowa BIG, Cedar Rapids, IA


Lindsay Unified School District, Lindsay, CA


Odyssey STEM Academy, Lakewood, CA


One Stone, Boise, ID


Portal Schools, CA


Purdue Polytechnic High School, Indianapolis, IN




Valor Collegiate Academies, Nashville, TN


Westminster Public Schools, Westminster, CO