Innovation Partnerships

Published: 8/22/2022 3:07 PM

​Student-Centered Learning Collaborative

The Student-Centered Learning Collaborative is facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and is designed to support states committed to increasing access to equitable, student-centered learning through systems-level change to develop life-long learners prepared for success in college, careers, and life. CCSSO is committed to working alongside states to develop education systems that encourage and inspire student-centered learning, including personalized learning, competency-based education, and social-emotional learning and academic development. CCSSO believes this work must be anchored in equity and have unapologetic focus on increasing access for students who have been historically underserved. This collaborative is a key element of CCSSO’s overall commitment to student-centered learning.


KnowledgeWorks is a national organization committed to providing every learner with meaningful personalized learning experiences that ensure success in college, career and civic life. With a presence in more than 30 states, they develop the capabilities of educators to implement and sustain competency-based and early college schools, partner with federal, state and district leaders to remove policy barriers that inhibit the growth of personalized learning and provide national thought leadership around the future of learning.

Network of State Innovation Partners

The Network of State Innovation Partners is a consortium of states facilitated by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinED).  The Network was credited to assist state education agencies and education partners in building innovative programs and pilots.  The Network will focus on issues that are common to all states, and ExcelinEd will locate and provide state and national resources. The primary goal of the Network is to advance state efforts to identify and provide the support and regulatory relief schools need to develop more student-centered models. Through quarterly virtual and in- person convenings, participants will continuously explore common problems, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices. The secondary goal of the Network is to identify and support effective communication and outreach efforts at the state, regional, and local levels. Support and resources will be made available as needs are identified. Finally, the Network will help ExcelinEd and its partners ensure that policy development and advocacy plans are informed by state and local experience. It will also provide an opportunity to “pressure test” new policy proposals.

Center for Innovation in Education

The Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky contributes to the national education reform agenda with a focus on ensuring more states are adopting and implementing a standard definition of college and career readiness that embodies “deeper learning” outcomes, implementing meaningful measures of those outcomes, and holding all levels of the system accountable for results.

​PBL Works 

PBL Works (formerly the Buck Institute) is a national educational organization whose services, tools, and research builds the capacity of K-12 educators to design and facilitate quality Project-Based Learning and the capacity of school and system leaders to set the culture and conditions for teachers to implement great projects with all students. Learn more about Kentucky’s partnership with PBLWorks to scale gold-standard project-based learning.


​David Cook
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Innovation
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4201 Ext. 4832
Fax (502) 564-8149
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