Meet the ‘chief of innovation,’ an emerging title that’s upending traditional public schools

Meet the ‘chief of innovation,’ an emerging title that’s upending traditional public schools

Date
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Excerpt from the LinkedIn article by Maya Pope-Chappell:

Whenever Mike Koprowski hands over his business card, he often leaves the recipient stumped. “Usually it’s ‘wow, that’s a cool title, what does that mean?’ or ‘I haven’t heard of that before,’ said Koprowski, who works as the chief of transformation and innovation for the Dallas Independent School District, the 14th-largest district in the nation.

Koprowski’s unique role has emerged much like how job titles such as Augmented Reality Designer, Social Media Editor or Chief Equality Officer have evolved to match new technologies and industry needs. It comes without a clear blueprint or wide recognition.

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Today, there are about 30 innovation officers in public school districts across the country, according to a 2015 list compiled by Business Innovation Factory, a nonprofit that tests new business models in education, among other industries.

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“I think it’s still the more forward-thinking districts,” said Robin Lake, director of the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell.

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