Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We are an extremely large district with many moving parts. Do you think this can be accomplished with a team of three people? How ‘time-consuming’ is the monitoring of the software?

Your scale is unique, that’s for sure. I think it would be nice if you had one person per articulation zone who is monitoring the traffic. With three people, you could split your zones up and you each take three or four zones.

How active does our superintendent have to be in this process?

Superintendent involvement is very important. It might be wise to include an update about your idea hunt in the superintendent "Back to School" letter along with whatever communication the principals send out. It does not have to be much, just a couple of sentences informing all staff about the upcoming opportunities to make their voices heard and a chance to improve the educational experience for all.

How big should our innovation team be?

Our experience was that the implementation team (logo, branding, communication, etc) can be small. But when it comes to soliciting ideas and getting traffic to the web site, it would be better to have more rather than less. As far as an organized structure, our experience was that when we started the human centered design process (after our ideas were narrowed down) you should have at least five people well versed and able to lead the design session. - Mark Larson (Mahtomedi, MN 3300 students)

How do I join a cohort?

Send an email to We will be happy to help your district prepare to lauch an innovation event!

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