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Innovation Zone (iZone)

HCDE iZone

Welcome to the HCDE Innovation Zone


What is an Innovation Zone (iZone)?

A designation by the Tennessee Department of Education that provides priority schools with the support and flexibility to collaboratively implement innovation to enhance student learning.

iZone Mission and Purpose

The mission and purpose of the HCDE iZone is to transform our lowest performing schools so that every student is well prepared to excel and succeed academically and socially. With the added support of the iZone and focused efforts of the LEA, schools will be afforded the ability to: 

  • Provide greater flexibility and autonomy over people, time, money, and instructional programs
  • Build turnaround resources and human capacity in iZone schools and provide added funding
  • Operate in an organized cluster of schools within the zone in an intentional and systematic way

 How will the iZone accomplish this task? 

  • Provide principals and teachers greater flexibility to meet the education needs of a diverse and constantly changing student population 
  • Improve quality of instruction
  • Increase the accountability for student achievement and success
  • Develop innovative approaches to engage students
  • Provide extended learning time that focuses on academics and enrichment opportunities
  • Allocate resources to fund innovative strategies and further educational gains
  • Engage parents and community partners with meaningful involvement opportunities

 HCDE's Five iZone Schools?  

  • Brainerd High School 
  • Dalewood Middle School
  • Orchard Knob Elementary School 
  • Orchard Knob Middle School 
  • Woodmore Elementary




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