R2 Innovates, an incubator, laboratory, and hub for innovation, was created in 2013 to encourage Richland Two staff members to develop innovative, promising practices. We believe that teachers and staff members have great ideas that can bring positive change in Richland Two. The R2 Innovates process identifies teams with great ideas and works with them to put their ideas into action. We look for ideas that are desirable, feasible, and viable with the potential for scaling across the district.
The incubator usually has six to eight teams. We also have other teams that meet during the school year based on identified needs such as maker learning, personalized learning, and SEL needs.
We've also recently implemented an Innovation Management platform (Brightidea) and have been running online ideation collaborations with teachers and staff in the school district. In our last online challenge, we gathered 105 ideas from staff members and have scored and selected nine teams to pitch their ideas at our Premier Shark Tank in March 2019.