Innovation Partners is an education consultancy that
enables organizations to create new outcomes through collaboration and the incubation of new ideas
"When you’re doing innovation, the first question is not Is this going to work? but rather, If it works, would it matter?"
-E. Toone, DARPA
Innovation comes together differently for each organization. We offer services to support your vision at multiple points in the innovation cycle.
Catalyze Innovation / Find your spark
Enable Innovation / Create optimal conditions for experimental work
Thought Leadership Campaigns
Communities of Practice
Scale Innovation / Establish clear pathways for system change
Pursue Bold Ideas
Bold action is key to enabling radical progress on behalf of children
Focus on solving challenges and reaching critical outcomes for students
Employ rapid prototyping to get evidence of what works, where and how
Decrease the risks and costs of testing new ideas
Innovate on the System
Change how the system is being governed, funded and/or incentivized
Lisa Duty, Ph.D.
Dr. Lisa Duty is the founder of Innovation Partners America, an education consultancy that enables states and organizations to create new outcomes through collaboration and the incubation of new ideas. Duty is an expert in personalized and blended learning and has counseled dozens of state education agencies, gubernatorial offices, entrepreneurs, foundations, professional service providers and school districts regarding education innovation.
Duty brings twenty years of experience in education strategy, policy, advocacy and design to her work—including that as a Founding Partner at The Learning Accelerator where she supported state leaders in reimagining their roles, missions, and the ways education systems can be rebuilt for innovation and high performance.
In recent years Duty has served as a consultant to MasteryTrack, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing mastery-based learning at scale through education technology, and as an advisor contributing to the founding of Imagine Worldwide, a nonprofit dedicated to enabling children in developing countries to teach themselves early literacy through open source and scalable software. In 2019, Duty consulted with the Center for Innovation in Brazilian Education, Omidyar Network and Lemann Foundation partnership, conducting research and making recommendations to enhance capacity at the state level to plan for and implement education technology in Brazil’s schools. Her work served CONSED, a private non-profit association that brings together the Education Departments of the States and the Federal District in Brazil.
Duty previously served as Senior Director of Innovation at KnowledgeWorks, Consultant for School Transformation at the Ohio Department of Education, and as an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University’s (OSU) College of Education and Human Ecology. Duty holds a Ph.D. in Global Education from OSU with cognates in Democratization and Secondary School Transformation.