Your guide to return to school with confidence...

The Innovare Back to School Playbook provides education leaders with access to best practices to support a successful return to school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As you review the checklist below if you have any questions please contact [email protected].

Our Innoverse™ events below assist leaders to operationalize the playbook by providing expert guidance and opportunities for continued collaboration and learning.

Contributors to the Playbook

Register for an upcoming
playbook deep dive session

Innoverse™ Experts

Irene Greaves

Founder & Director
Irene Greaves, M.Ed., is a passionate educator and Lovescaper. She believes learning to practice love in ... Read More

Rohan Pidaparti

Manager of
Innovation Programs
Rohan Pidaparti is a firm believer in the idea that it takes making meaningful connections across lines of ... Read More

Edgar J. Palacios

President and CEO
Edgar J. Palacios is the President & CEO of the Latinx Education Collaborative (LEC), an organization that dutifully ... Read More

Terrence A.
Pruitt

Founder, Trainer &
Principal Consultant

Terrence Pruitt, Founder, Trainer, and Principal Consultant at Project Restore Initiative, is an innovative ... Read More

Eric Roldan
Roa

CEO and
Co-Founder

CEO and Co-Founder of the Award winning educational project MusicMath, which aims to revolutionize ... Read More

Steven
Rosado, M.Ed

Director of Community
Engagement &
Strategic Partnerships

Stevens own background facilitating youth programs started when he was a teenager. He is experienced ... Read More

Jorge Holguin

Manager of
Community
Organizing
Jorge believes that in order to create change, we must look at the education landscape through an ... Read More

Sebastian Martin

Co-Founder and
CEO
Sebastian Martin is a social entrepreneur and educator. In 2013 he founded Cambio Coffee, an organic ... Read More

Liz Gallo

Founder and CEO
Liz has taught technology and engineering education for over a decade in all types of schools around the ... Read More

Marcela Andrés

CEO &
President
Marcela Andrés, CEO and President of ​designEDengagement, PBC​, is an education leader ... Read More

Clarence Tan

CEO &
Co-Founder
Clarence Tan is a veteran in the games industry with 9 years of game design & development ... Read More

Kyle Liao

Senior Coach
Kyle supports schools to dismantle inequities and increase opportunities for more students ... Read More

Nick Spiegler

Instructional
Coach
Nick supports schools to spark meaningful change both instructionally and with goals to ... Read More
The Back to School Playbook webinar helped me focus my team's efforts
on best practices of what should be done now, leading up to, and
through school reopening.

Speaking with leaders across the country helped me to think about
circumstances that my team might not have considered.

In these unprecedented times, it's nice to know that I have a community
outside of my own four walls that shares my team's values when thinking
about how to return to school safely and effectively.

Emily Twyman
Principal at Brookside Charter Elementary School
As a leader, I am always looking for multiple perspectives on whatever challenge I may be facing. Participating in the Back to School Playbook webinar sessions allowed me to collaborate and network with school leaders across the country to have thoughtful conversations and start a plan for how to prepare for the fall.
Fatima Cooke
Principal at Sumner Math & Science Community Academy

Past PLAYBOOK deep dive sessions

Using gamification to boost student engagement during remote learning

Speakers: Boddle

In this session, attendees can expect to learn about human-centered core drives and how and when to implement gamification techniques in the remote learning environment effectively to increase engagement and motivation.

Family Engagement in the Time of COVID

Speakers: designEDengagement

COVID-19 has transformed partnerships between families and educators from a "nice to have" to an "absolutely must-have." Schools need culturally relevant, innovative, effective tools and strategies for this new normal to improve relationships with families and engage them like never before. The new level of partnership must put students’ hopes and dreams at the center and equip families and educators to partner like never before.

Beyond Data: The role of research and its impact on education

Speakers: LEANLAB

During this session participants will understand the role of innovation in education, familiarize themselves with the different levels of research and evidence, and identify a problem of practice in the context of their school community.

Building student ownership through design thinking

Speakers: WhyMaker

During this session, participants will be exposed to design thinking and the role empathy plays in developing student ownership and authentic relationships.

Activating Social Innovation in Schools & Communities

Speakers: Cambio Labs

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the practice of social innovation in education, understand how change-centered education can impact their schools and communities, and be equipped with tools and strategies for local implementation.

How to lead for anti-racist practices and healing justice in your school

Speakers: Project Restore Initiative

During this session, we will educate participants on the importance of healing-centered engagement strategies and the tools to support their work of creating a just and anti-racist school environment.

SEL rooted in the systematic cultivation of love

Speakers: Lovescaping

During this session, we will introduce a pioneering and unprecedented approach to building social-emotional learning skills through love-informed practices.

Returning to school with confidence

Speakers: Innovare

Innovare is releasing its Back to School Playbook to school leaders. During this session, participants will gain insights into strategies and actions of how to return to school effectively and with confidence, gain a first look at how their Inno™ application update will help them achieve their back to school planning goals, and be provided with additional research and supporting organizations to help implement their back to school plan.

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