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Adam Haigler
We help schools innovate - not by chasing fads, but by catalyzing local skills & talent.

Open Way Learning

location_on United States
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a singular mission to help schools develop, sustain, and scale systems of learner-centered innovation that better prepare students for the realities of the 4th Industrial Revolution, especially students historically furthest from opportunity. We use Design Thinking to help schools and districts create sustainable cultures of collaborative innovation.
Peter Drucker,  Management Consultant, Educator, and Author
"Culture eats strategy for breakfast"

Peter Drucker, Management Consultant, Educator, and Author


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Innovation Overview

Target Group
10 000
Updated on June 21st, 2022
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Forward-thinking people and organizations across the globe are responding to the world's frenetic pace of change through collective action that harnesses crowdsourced innovation to better meet our global challenges and societal expectations of openness, transparency, and just-in-time performance. It’s time educators do the same. The Open Way Learning model is an answer to the closed status quo!

How does your innovation work in practice?

Open Way Learning coaches (and, as appropriate, OWL Fellows) provide targeted training, workshops, and support at schools/districts that express an interest in making a cultural shift to a culture of open, learner-centered innovation. This typically starts with an “intake discussion” (face-to-face or virtual) to ensure Open Way Learning is indeed a good fit per the school’s strategic goals, needs, and assets. From that initial discussion, we co-design a customized plan for support to help the school/district leverage local skills and assets to meet their short and long term needs. Note that we do not provide canned “programs,” because that is counter to our open source philosophy of collaborative adaptation of best practices to help a school on its individual innovation journey.

How has it been spreading?

Design Sprints: Customized workshops that use the design process to help schools and districts identify, adapt, and refine learner-centered strategies such as experiential learning, makerspaces, advisory, community impact, etc. so that they better to address local challenges with local talent.

Sustained Support: Targeted coaching, study visits, and co-design that leverages local assets to build in-house capacity so that learner-centered strategies can be baked into a school or district's culture and thus be sustained and improved over the long-term. ​

Open Source Resources: Rather than hoard "intellectual property" in a competitive and inequitable manner, we pride ourselves in offering all of the tools and resources we develop to any of our partners via a Creative Commons license.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

>Visit to read more

>Read Open Up Education! How Open Way Learning Can Transform Schools ( and use the framework in your own context

>Apply to become an ambassador or fellow (

>Follow us on Twitter and Facebook (@openwaylearning)

>Email us to start the conversation


Achievements & Awards

April 2022
Innovation page created on
May 2021
Facilitated Design Sprint for State Board of Education

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