AGILE Network Launches to Accelerate Inclusive Education R&D

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The American Group of Innovative Learning Environments (AGILE) Network offers a centralized infrastructure for research, development, and evaluation.

Research nonprofit Leanlab Education launched the American Group of Innovative Learning Environments (AGILE) Network at ISTELive24 with members from learning environments across the country, including school systems, teachers, and non-traditional learning environments. Comprised of education communities on the cutting edge of innovation, the AGILE Network works to accelerate the pace of education research and development (R&D), while elevating historically underrepresented educator and student perspectives. 

By leveraging a centralized infrastructure that facilitates “matching” between R&D opportunities—development of emerging technologies and research studies—and participating schools and educators, the AGILE Network aims to become a critical piece of American education R&D infrastructure, designed to keep pace with rapid development cycles in the private sector. 

Member schools and educators influence the development and evaluation of emerging education solutions, including curriculum and technology—addressing a well-documented evidence shortage in the market. Studies in the 2024-2025 school year will cover topics including generative AI, literacy, assessment, and mathematical reasoning. 

The AGILE Network represents the diversity of learning experiences in the United States, welcoming public districts, charter schools, independent schools, non-traditional environments like micro-schools, and individual educators. To combat existing inequities in education R&D, members have been intentionally assembled to prioritize historically marginalized learner communities. Twenty learning environments are joining the 2024-2025 cohort, including:

  • Academy for Integrated Arts (Missouri)
  • Allegiance STEAM Academy (California)
  • Astra Nova Schools (National)
  • Catalyst Schools (Illinois)
  • Distinctive Schools (Illinois)
  • Ednovate (California)
  • Limestone Community School (Kansas)
  • Milpitas Unified School District (California)
  • Oak Ridge Schools (Tennessee)
  • Prisma Online School (National)

Of the new network, Leanlab Education Founder and CEO Katie Boody Adorno shared, “The AGILE Network will reduce barriers to engage school communities in the co-development and co-design of emerging technologies with researchers. By systematically elevating school community perspectives, we believe we will accelerate the pace of breakthroughs in the field of teaching and learning.”

Following the kickoff convening, Kevin Nham from Ednovate remarked, “I’m looking forward to partnering with edtech companies to develop tools that will truly impact student achievement.” Catalyst Schools’ Nick Tomasso added, “I’m excited about opportunities to grow in my own practice by collaborating with like-minded educators.”

The AGILE Network is a collective action initiative and builds on a decade of Leanlab Education’s leadership bringing together learning communities and education technology companies to co-design, co-develop, and study education innovations. The AGILE Network framework was developed through a planning grant with InnovateEDU and the Center for Education Market Dynamics (CEMD) and is based on the guiding Tenets and Principles published by the Global Edtech Trialing Network. 

Advanced Education Research and Development Fund (AERDF), the world’s first Advanced Inclusive R&D organization dedicated to scientific discovery and invention for PreK-12 education, is a founding partner, contributing essential R&D infrastructure expertise, resources, and advanced R&D projects currently seeking breakthroughs in reading, executive function and math, and assessment. “The AGILE Network serves a critical need to enable education R&D to actually be inclusive and done with educators,” said Chris Liang-Vergara, Chief Learning Officer at AERDF.

Digital Promise and ISTE are contributing network partners, nominating qualifying educators and school districts, and supporting inclusive innovation convenings. Initial funding was provided by the Siegel Family Endowment and Walton Family Foundation, among others. Education, nonprofit, and supporting partners are expected to increase following the pilot year of the network. 

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“Digital Promise is committed to partnering with school districts and communities to co-design and co-research innovative solutions that address the strengths and needs of historically and systematically excluded learners. We’re excited to expand this work as founding partners in the AGILE Network.” - Jenny Bradbury, Digital Promise

"I am excited for ISTE to support more educators in having the value of their experience realized and recognized by edtech vendors and researchers. By reducing the barrier and time for R&D, we can foster a more collaborative, inclusive, and impactful innovation process. With ISTE's own research team contributing to and benefiting from the network, we are poised to create more effective solutions that truly stand to elevate the sector as a whole." - Tal Havivi, ISTE

“Market data is a critical input to decision making, contributing to informed research priorities and the measurement of scaling solutions. CEMD is pleased to support the development of the AGILE Network and committed to providing network leaders with market insights that give context to edtech materials and support informed decision making.“ - Lora Kaiser, Center for Education Market Dynamics

About Leanlab Education  

Leanlab Education is a nonprofit organization that specializes in codesign research between education technology companies and K12 learning communities. Leanlab CEO Katie Boody Adorno is a co-founder of the Global EdTech Trialing Network.

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