CAS is Seeking Proposals for the Innovative School Design Incubator

UPDATE: We are accepting proposal until Friday, September 1. Please submit proposals by 11:59 pm on that date to Thank you!

We’re pleased to share our Request for Proposals for the Innovative School Design Incubator, which the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS) is launching to support up to four school designers to integrate educational, artistic, and community-based strategies to transform the lives of youth and families from diverse backgrounds.

Funded by The Boston Foundation, the Innovative School Design Incubator will assist these designers through networking, coaching, release time and additional supports to create and/or finalize innovative school and program proposals for implementation within the Greater Boston area. CAS will support these school designers to develop and refine their proposals, and will work to identify districts or other organizations that may be interested in these models.

School designers who participate in the Innovative School Design Incubator will develop proposals describing their innovative school visions, and then will share their school designs with districts and other organizations within the greater Boston region in order to move toward implementation. Working with the Innovative School Design Incubator participants, CAS will also create a “playbook” documenting the school design process in order to promote school innovation throughout Massachusetts.

We’re seeking proposals from school designers who would benefit from support during the design process, which will constitute a planning phase followed by a coaching phase during the first year of their school. School designers will receive the following forms of support during the planning phase:

  • Up to $10,000 stipend
  • Individual and cohort coaching
  • Meetings with community leaders to identify sites for prospective new schools
  • Travel to existing innovative schools
  • Finding appropriate matches in school districts and/or other organizations in the greater Boston area
  • Fundraising assistance
  • Support to manage policy, regulatory, and legal restraints to allow innovation to flourish

During the second phase of the Innovative School Design Incubator, CAS will provide support to the school designer during their first year as they launch the school. This would include on-site walk-throughs, regular coaching meetings, and school site visits by cross-functional groups.

What’s an innovative school? We imagine a broad range of possible designs for schools aimed at transforming the lives of youth and families from diverse backgrounds. We encourage collaborations between schools and community-based organizations that integrate the arts and creativity, and that will result in truly innovative designs. Possible innovative schools may be prek-12 (or perhaps beyond). They may be district or charter schools. Innovative school designs will incorporate technology thoughtfully. These designs may offer the framework for an entirely new vision of education, or they may adapt existing designs with innovative approaches that ensure sustainability, efficiency, equitable outcomes, rewarding professional experiences, and community engagement.

Please review the Innovative School Design Incubator RFP for application guidelines and additional information.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. The Innovative School Design Incubator cohort applications will be reviewed in mid-August, and participants will be chosen shortly thereafter.



Jill Davidson