Japan Innovative Schools Network (ISN) supported by OECD is an innovative school network working with the two groups: Core-Cluster and Volunteer Cluster.


1. Our Core-Cluster:

Most schools participating in Core-Cluster work on the Innovative Schools Network 2030(ISN2030) project. It is a successor educational project of the OECD Tohoku School. It applies “active learning” in the global context, including project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, challenge learning, etc. as its framework. Participating students, mainly high school students aged between 15 and 18 (but not limited to), will seek to tackle challenges in their community and region, which are anticipated to grow bigger towards 2030, and collaborate with their peers from other countries, who are aiming to solve similar challenges in their locality.


There are three thematic challenges in ISN2030.

  1. Think Green: Environmental issues, green growth, green energy, etc.
  2. Skills supply & demand: creating new jobs, innovating local industries, managing growing inequality, ageing, depopulation in rural areas, etc.
  3. Go Global: diversity, migration, globalization


During the project, schools in a cluster will exchange on their respective action plans and the implementation thereof and provide each other with critical feedback. At the end of the project in the summer of 2017, the outcomes from each cluster’s work will be presented at an international conference in Japan.


2. Volunteer Cluster

Voluntary Clusters are composed of schools, universities, NPOs, and local governments, which share the ISN’s vision and are willing to mutually exchange know-how and experience. Participating schools and teams will have access to educational toolkits, seminars, and workshops provided by the ISN, and in turn are expected to provide input through the practice, and share results.