Rocky Hill School, an independent preschool to grade 12 college-preparatory school in East Greenwich, RI, and LearnLaunch, a nationally-recognized organization in Boston dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem, have forged a first-of-its-kind partnership.
“From its start, LearnLaunch has been at the cutting edge of driving edtech innovation, and our partnership with Rocky Hill School furthers that goal,” explained Liam Pisano, LearnLaunch Managing Director and Partner. “By bringing the companies that are developing the latest education innovations directly into a school, we are creating a collaborative platform where entrepreneurs, educators, and students can work together to develop and test edtech in a real-world environment.”
Rocky Hill School is designing an Innovation Center on its campus where selected education technology companies that are part of LearnLaunch’s co-working space/accelerator cohort will test and develop new educational technology with students and faculty. This is an entirely new paradigm that will be unique in the nation: entrepreneurs developing educational products while embedded within a preschool to grade 12 test bed. Both organizations are excited to bring this new and innovative approach to developing educational innovation to Rhode Island.
“This exciting partnership will afford students and faculty at Rocky Hill School the opportunity, unique in the nation, to collaborate in creating and refining the next generation of digital classroom tools,” said Dr. James Tracy, Head of School at Rocky Hill School. “Our students will have the opportunity to intern directly with the visionary entrepreneurs who are creating the very breakthrough technologies that will shape our educational future.”
Rocky Hill School students and faculty will collaborate with the LearnLaunch team, intern with start-up companies on-site, and help shape the next generation of classroom innovation. The Innovation Center will also house artists and teachers-in-residence, and offer student enrichment opportunities focused on innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurism. Edtech companies are expected to be incubating on Rocky Hill School’s campus by September 2017.
Rocky Hill School and LearnLaunch invite you to learn more about this path-breaking initiative by visiting www.rockyhill.org/innovation.
About Rocky Hill School
Founded in 1934, Rocky Hill School is an independent, day school for preschool through grade 12. Located on 84 acres along Narragansett Bay, Rocky Hill School provides a college-preparatory foundation and diverse opportunities for students to explore and pursue their intellectual, athletic, and artistic passions. Dr. James Tracy is Rocky Hill’s 10th Head of School.
LearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. They offer a vibrant community, educational events, a collaborative co-working space, and a selective accelerator program to promote the growth of the edtech sector. LearnLaunch is based in Boston, a world education hub. Learn more about LearnLaunch Accelerator, Campus, and Institute at www.learnlaunch.com and follow LearnLaunch on Twitter at @learnlaunch.