“Japan Innovative Schools Network(ISN) supported by OECD” is a public-private consortium located in the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, and is supported by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) and the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology). The ISN aims to develop and disseminate education systems required for the next generation through “Think-Tank” activities, promoting educational research by international cooperation, and “Do-Tank” activities, linking educational research with practice. In order to expand and enhance our ISN activities, we look for “Voluntary Clusters” which could cooperate and work with us.
As a base for the ISN’s “Do-Tank” activities, ISN operationalizes the “Innovative Schools Network 2030 (ISN 2030)”, which is a successor project to the “OECD Tohoku School”. An “international project-based learning” method is applied to the ISN2030 as its frame. Students in Japan and other countries collaborate to solve regional challenges that are anticipated to grow towards 2030. From Japan, Tohoku, Hiroshima, Wakayama, and other regions are participating and form a “Cluster” with the partnered foreign countries. The cluster includes each area’s local government, universities, and schools. Based on the practice of the “ISN 2030” and also “Volunteer Clusters”, and inputs from OECD research studies, the “Think-Tank” explores education systems in the next-generation including curriculums, pedagogies, and assessments with “OECD Education 2030” project, and aims to create policy proposals to disseminate such new systems and findings to actual educational fields.
Voluntary Clusters are composed of schools, universities, NPOs, and local governments which share the ISN’s vision, and are willing to exchange know-how and experience each other. Participating schools and teams will have access to educational toolkits, seminars, and workshops provided from the ISN, and in turn are expected to provide the inputs through the practice, and share the results. In addition, the Voluntary Cluster’s cooperation would be highly appreciated when any survey and/or research requests come from the “OECD Education 2030 Project”.
For those who consider participating in a Voluntary Cluster, please fill out the requirements for Form 1 and send it to the ISN secretariat. The ISN secretariat will then screen the applications and respond if the Voluntary Cluster’s participation is accepted or not. The duration of being a Voluntary Cluster is from the date of participation acceptance to September 30, 2017. There are no fees required to participation. However, the Voluntary Cluster is requested to submit a periodic report on its practice (Form 2), due every end of March and at the end of activation. Among these reports, the ISN secretariat may ask for further information and expects responses from the Voluntary Cluster faithfully, accurately, and punctually; Voluntary Clusters not meeting these conditions may be removed.
【Contact/Application Form Addressee】
Japan Innovative Schools Network supported by OECD Secretariat (Komura, Ota)
※Note : The names of participating Voluntary Clusters, theme, secretariat organization, and HP address will appear on the ISN Official Website. Participating schools will be appeared as “collaborative research schools”.
 OECD Tohoku School is an educational program which supports students in Tohoku affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. For details, please refer to the HP: http://oecdtohokuschool.sub.jp/