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CIL promotes a conception of a science of innovation that is attentive to productive change processes. CIL views innovation as a mode of change whereby an organization (or an individual) elevates performance by adopting better practices and processes. Other modes of change are improvement (incremental closure of the gap between actual practice and a standard of practice) and transformation (significant repurposing of the organization or role). 
When a state, district, or school seeks to promote a science of innovation, all three modes of change—innovation, improvement, and transformation-- come into play. Innovation does not arise, willy-nilly, but is fostered by an encouraging environment, incentives, and rigorous application of scientific methodology
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Learning innovations replace currently accepted standards of curricular and instructional practice with new practices demonstrated to be more effective or more efficient in the context in which they are applied. Curricular practice includes the selection, alignment, and organization of content, objectives, materials, tools, and resources. Instructional practice includes the skills, tactics, and strategies employed by teachers to plan, direct, and facilitate student learning in school and to prepare students for learning in all environments.

Innovation and Personalization. Because the implementation of personalized learning is rapidly accelerating, the field benefits from both an explication of current best practice in personalization and ways to develop and validate better practice through innovation.  

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A key aspect of Innovation Science is understanding how an organization (school, for example) progresses with a “split screen” approach in which it is continuously improving fundamental practices while it is thoughtfully integrating “innovations.” The purpose of the Getting Better Together Demonstration Project is to test the efficacy of a three-pronged model for continuous school improvement. 
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The Transformation Academy is based on the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement (Center on School Turnaround, 2017), which superbly distills from the experiences of experts and the research literature a set of domains and practices for rapid school improvement. 
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Helping educators transform teaching and personalize learning.