About us

Japan Innovative Schools Network (ISN) supported by OECD is a public-private consortium located at the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. ISN aims to develop and disseminate new educational systems required in the 21st century, through globally collaborating research activities (called “Think-tank”) and operationalizing educational field practices (called “Do-tank”). Our activities are closely supported by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).


In order to develop new educational systems for the 21st century, ISN explores the following three questions;

  • What is the necessary competences required in the world of the 21s century?
  • What kinds of educational models effectively work for developing such competencies?
  • How can such competencies be assessed?


In parallel OECD organizes a project called “Education 2030”. It aims to help countries explore the different dimensions of knowledge, skills and values and attitude which modern education systems need to build towards the world in 2030 and, in a later stage, the learning environments and education systems that can support the development of these skills. ISN tries to contribute to the project through our Think-tank activities based on field evidences and voices from our Do-tank activities i.e. teachers and students.


Linkage between theories and practices is a key feature of ISN. Through the “Innovative Schools Network 2030” project organizing with schools and local/regional government in Japan and overseas, we collect data from the field and analyze them, and explore new theories, then examine such theories at the filed with students and teachers. We believe that this life-cycle eventually leads to exploring new education with many different stakeholders.

In addition, ISN focuses on disseminating OECD’s research findings widely and also organizing an innovative education award to highlight innovative initiatives in the world.

It is our mission to encourage people to mutually work and develop the education for the 21st century by using these schemes.