Prisma Joins AGILE Learning Network

Comprised of education communities on the cutting edge of innovation, the AGILE Network works to accelerate the pace of education research and development. Prisma is honored to have been selected to join in the Network's first year.

Emily Veno Skolnick
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July 9, 2024

Prisma has been selected to join the brand-new AGILE Learning Network beginning in the 24-25 school year. The AGILE Learning network is launching with an elite group of twenty schools and innovative learning companies (including Prisma). As a member, Prisma learners and coaches will have access to test cutting-edge learning technology and curriculum tools before they are available to the general public! 

Our selection as a member of the AGILE Network highlights Prisma's commitment to learning innovation. We always believe better ways of educating kids are possible. Online school shouldn't just be brick-and-mortar school, but online. And we believe it's essential for learning to be hard fun, community-driven, and relevant to real world skills kids need to thrive in the future. We're looking forward to collaborating with edtech developers as part of this new partnership to encourage the creation of more learning tools that share the Prisma philosophy.

About the AGILE Learning Network

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

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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.

Visit leanlabeducation.org/schools for more information.

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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