About The Jacobs Institute

Who We Are

The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education is a non-profit R&D institute powering inclusive innovation and leadership in education. We are affiliated with the School of Leadership & Education Sciences at the University of San Diego, and engage in pioneering research and evaluation, development of innovative curriculum and technologies, and support professional learning grounded in the learning sciences. Our mission fosters inclusion, diversity and social justice in education. Our team includes researchers, designers, technologists and faculty.

Over the past eight years, The Jacobs Institute has established itself as a credible and important voice in education, particularly in advancing innovation and equity in our schools. Working across the spectrum of educational innovation, our work supports research and evaluation of ed innovation initiatives, development of new technologies, curriculum and pedagogical models, and support for educational organizations to sustain and scale their initiatives. Our partners are trans-disciplinary and we work in collaboration with districts, schools, and educational organizations and education-supporting companies.  

Our Vision

All people embracing and fulfilling their unique potential to contribute and build a just, sustainable and beautiful world.

Our Mission

Empowering inclusive innovation and leadership in education through research, development, and professional learning.

Our Core Values

We believe in:

  • Student-centered and transformational learning
  • Improving our world by helping students to realize their talents and skills
  • Every human’s potential for unique contribution
  • Addressing equity and inclusion through research
  • Access for all to innovation mindset, skills, and tools
  • Rigor, integrity, and excellence in research
  • Research-informed professional learning (Bridging the gap between research and professional learning)
  • Collaboration and engagement with our local community

Our History

In Recognition of Dr. Irwin and Mrs. Joan Jacobs

In 2017, Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs became the founding donors to establish the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education as a merger between the Center for Education Policy and Law, the Mobile Technology Learning Center, and the Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education. Their ongoing commitment to our institutes stem from their passion for education and their belief that technology can create better, more innovative, and more equitable learning opportunities for students.  Their generosity has funded graduate students and post-docs in the institute; technology integration in North Carolina, Texas, and New Bedford - Dr. Jacobs’s hometown; and, most recently, the development of an app to support social good innovation with teens and young adults.  We are exceedingly grateful for their dedication and support.  Read more


Group photo of leaders within the Jacobs Institute.