They Called Us Crazy,
But Now we're doing it

We've got the data to prove it, and we're just getting started.

“If you don’t believe that it can happen, you’re almost guaranteed that it won’t.”

Deartris Barber, IZone Principal
Grandview Heights Middle SchoI

With the mindset, “what would need to be true” to make student success occur in the IZone, school leaders and central level staff have been able to think outside of the box to formulate strategies that will support student achievement.

Through empowerment afforded by the Federal Government, Tennessee Department of Education and the Shelby County Schools Board of Education, the Innovation Zone is able to prescribe the necessary support and resources.

Through the support of the philanthropic community, state and federal grants and Shelby County Schools, the IZone is able to expand educational opportunities for students in underserved communities.

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Our Successes

The goal of the IZone is to move students from the bottom 5% to the top 25% in five years. We focus all of our efforts on that single goal. Since the IZone’s inception in 2012, we’ve had great successes in reaching that goal to drastically improving student achievement in low-performing schools.

Is Your School Becoming an IZone School?

The goal of the IZone is to move students from the bottom 5% to the top 25% in five years. We focus all of our efforts on that single goal. Since the IZone’s inception in 2012, we’ve had great successes in reaching that goal to drastically improving student achievement in low-performing schools.

IZone 2.0 Hosts 4th Annual Summer Learning Institute

The 2022 IZone 2.0 Summer Learning Institute, held July 25th – July 27th, provided school leaders and core-content area teachers with a wealth of professional learning opportunities designed to help every student achieve academic success for the ensuing school year. 
 
The IZone 2.0 Centralized Support Team planned and organized training sessions that covered topics such as curriculum analysis, deconstruction of assessments & standards, building relationships, analyzing student work, and increasing student engagement. 
 
With the 2022-2023 IZone 2.0 theme in mind, “Relentless Collective Efficacy”, the Summer Learning Institute aimed to ensure every educator and leader feels equipped to tackle the challenges that lie ahead to ensure that we remain “On Top Where we Belong!”. 

Click Summer Learning Institute Booklet to review sessions and agenda.

IZone Spotlight

Craigmont Middle School Marquee Dedication Ceremony

Friday, August 5th – Students, faculty, district personnel, and community stakeholders gathered at Craigmont Middle School to celebrate the addition of a new campus landmark! Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) sponsored the installation of a digital marquee that will be instrumental in keeping families and communities informed about the important and exciting events happening at Craigmont Middle. 
 
MSCS Deputy Seperintendents Dr. Angela Whitelaw and Dr. John Barker were present, along with MLG&W President & CEO J.T. Young, to unveil the beautiful new sign. President Young offered heartfelt words of encouragement and inspiration to the CMS Family and solidified MLG&W’s commitment to support the school’s vision and mission.
 
Congratulations to Principal Lakeisha Haywood and the Mighty Chiefs!