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What Is The Innovation School?

Have you ever heard about the innovation school? It is difficult to define clearly because its form varies from region to region. However, the basic educational philosophy is same. The innovation school is the school that has a democratic school operating system, makes ethical living communities and professional learning communities, and runs creative curriculum. In 2009, starting in Gyeonggi-do Province, the innovation school is spreading out the whole country. Currently, among 17 cities and provincial offices of education in Korea, 13 cities and provincial offices of education adopt the innovation school model. The name of the innovation school is different province to province. In Chungcheongbuk-do, the name of innovation school is happy seed school.
A most remarkable thing in innovation school is learner-centered education. Students become the owner of the classroom and foster creativity and collective intelligence through the discussion, group working and project class which departs from traditional instructor-led teaching.
The other difference from other schools is the innovation school receives autonomy in running the school and curriculum. The school can adjust teaching time for some subjects freely after consultation between principals and teachers. Also, the school can reduce the number of students per class about 25, so students get a high-quality education.
The distinct feature of school operation is that principle is appointed through a public offering and the principle can invite teacher up to 50 percent of all teacher members. Each office of education supports the innovation schools up to one hundred million won yearly. With this support fund, the school can spend it at the discretion of the school such as buy educational equipment and spend for career exploration activities and field experience learning.
Then, how to designate the innovation school? There are two ways of appointing innovation school, general designation and special designation way. The targets of the general designation are elementary school and middle school. First, the school submits an application for innovation school and the office of education decide schools for visiting screening school. After the visiting screening, the promotion committee of the innovation school deliberates and makes a final decision. The targets of special designation are the elementary, middle, and high school, which need designation because of specialty and needs test operations politically like Village town models. Schools which are designated by special designation way go through a preliminary test for a year.
When the innovation schools were established, there are only 13 innovation schools, now there are 1340 innovation schools. This year, the office of education of Gyeonggi-do province studies "future innovation school" model from March to August and will introduce the pilot project in 2019. It will develop students' capabilities which demanding for the fourth industrial revolution. The innovation school, which changes as modern society changes quickly, I expect the innovation school to become more activated.

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