Innovation Studio

  • The Portland Public Schools Innovation Studio is a central hub for which PPS teams across the organization will be able to safely take managed risks and design equity-centered solutions in service of PPS ReImagined, the district vision and Forward Together, Portland Public Schools’ 2021–2025 Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Excellence. The Innovation Studio is the catalyst for bold-creative acceleration towards progressing solutions in response to the problems of practice identified in PPS’ four-year strategic plan. Prioritizing the development of an innovation practice in this first strategic plan will build the organizational capacity necessary to tackle current entrenched challenges, especially those that limit progress in school improvement, and to better navigate future unknown barriers that inhibit the district from reaching the aspirations outlined in the vision.

  • Innovation Form

Department Functions


Guiding Principles

  • Innovation is iterative.

  • All People are Designers

  • Disrupt white supremacy

  • Collaboration and Community Cultural Wealth

  • Language is Fluid