K12 Program A Next Generation of Innovation

Over the last decade, school operators – public, private, and charter – have actively embraced new ways of teaching and learning once pioneered by leading charter schools and networks, including learner-centered design, technology-enabled personalization, and workforce-connected programming. Independent and charter networks continue to innovate, but that innovation has taken different shape, offering new ways of engaging with communities, creating student experiences, reaching underserved student populations, and sharing learnings across the field.In this panel, we’ll learn about the factors that have shaped these innovations (why do them?); how operational challenges have changed with the new models; leaders’ perspective on growth and scale; and public policy challenges and accelerators. Join our experienced leaders to glimpse how new models are making their mark on our education system.

Moderator: Lina Bankert - Partner, Bellwether Education Partners


Scott Bess - Head of School, Purdue Polytechnic High School

India Hui - Founding School Leader, Thrival Academy: Indy

Kari Croft - Founding Principal of RISE High, Da Vinci Schools

Michelle Heaton - Head of School at Teton Valley School, Teton Science Schools

Travis Commons - Director of Sharing and Learning, Valor Collegiate Academies