Education Innovation Cluster
Michael Porter, a professor in Harvard’s Business Schools, says that innovation clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field. Education Innovation Clusters, first developed through the Office Educational Technology at the US Department of Education, are described as local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community stakeholders to design, implement, iterate on, and disseminate breakthrough learning practices and tools.
As an assets-driven concept, clusters capitalize on pockets of excellence that are region-specific, unique and accessible. RI’s strengths align well with the cluster philosophy. Since convening as a loose network of innovation and entrepreneurially-minded educators three years ago, RI’s Education Innovation Cluster has grown to a network of over 100 stakeholders and 60 educational technology companies.
With the generous support of Commerce RI, RI’s Education Innovation Cluster, EduvateRI, was born. In partnership with the RI Office of Innovation, the Governor’s office, and the RI Department of Education, EduvateRI works to seed, inspire and scale educational innovation across the state. It now serves as an exemplar site for Digital Promise’s national EdClusters work.
Highlander Institute acts as the executive agent for EduvateRI, and envisions the cluster as an important economic lever for RI.
For more information, visit the EduvateRI website: EduvateRI.org