Innovative School Design

The Center for Artistry and Scholarship supports, inspires, and connects creative leaders of innovative through Innovative School Visits and the Innovative School Design Incubator.


Innovative School Visits

The Center for Artistry and Scholarship offers opportunities for educators and researchers to visit and learn from Conservatory Lab Charter School and other innovative schools. We have brought many visitors to our home base at Conservatory Lab, including groups from India, Germany, Singapore, Holland, Argentina, and Canada. Recent visitors to Conservatory Lab from the United States have included researchers and educators have included researchers from Ohio State, Salem State University, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Longy School of Music, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. CAS has also brought educators from across Massachusetts and the United States to see the Conservatory Lab model in action.

As well, from time to time, we sponsor study tours to additional schools to learn about innovative school design in action. We will be offering an Innovative School Visit series in spring 2019 and invite you to check back with us soon to learn more. For more information about visiting Conservatory Lab Charter School and participating in our Innovative School Visit series, please be in touch:

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Innovative School Design Incubator

Supported by The Boston Foundation, the Innovative School Design Incubator funds and assists school design teams to create, finalize, and/or launch new schools that celebrate creativity and the arts. School designers who participate in the Innovative School Design Incubator develop proposals describing their innovative school visions, and then 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 is also creating a playbook documenting the school design process in order to share opportunities and challenges, and to promote school innovation throughout Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Innovative School Design Playbook will be released in spring 2019.

CAS sponsors annual conferences to share the work of the Innovative School Design Incubator and other innovative schools committed to educational equity through a commitment to fuse creativity with challenging, standards-aligned teaching and learning. We invite you to read more about 2018’s Creative Learning for Equity Colloquium, and to participate in October 2019’s Next Wave Summit.