Innovation Design

Everything in education is designed--from our learning spaces to digital apps, learning content, experiences, pedagogy, assessment and more. When we realize we have the ability to redesign learning to meet the needs of our students and the ever-changing times we live in is where the real magic begins.


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Social Good Innovation Engine

In 2018, we began development of an app to support social good innovation among teens, young adults, and their teachers. Closed beta testing begins summer 2019. Sign up here to participate as a beta user.

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Innovation Zones and Classrooms

The thoughtful design of learning environments can encourage the development of innovator competencies. We are in the process of converting a series of classrooms in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) to innovation zones supporting teaching, research and design in educational innovation, design thinking and STEAM with the first to open in summer 2019. 

E2E Microgrant Awardees

E2E Incubator - Future Happens Here

The E2E Incubator (Education to Employment) is a space where every student can discover their place in the world. Open to K-12 schools throughout San Diego, the incubator prioritizes access to elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers in Linda Vista and the Kearny Cluster. 

As a part of USD's Envision 2024 Strategic Investment Fund, the Jacobs Institute will be funding two rounds of microgrants for collaborative projects between USD students/faculty and SDUSD students/teachers that utilize the innovative E2E Incubator space.