2Rev partners with a range of organizations across the country to help design, launch and support Future of Learning models and systems. In just the past few years, we’ve led more than 150 unique design engagements across 25 states and growing.  As we go, we have regular opportunities to create new tools, launch new publications and develop new learning and insights. Explore below to learn more about our projects, tools and publications we've developed to share what we’re learning.

Quotes from our Partners:

New Hampshire has been working with 2Revolutions for four years now, and I can confidently say that we wouldn’t be where we are today as a leader in education innovation without them. 2Rev balances working directly with individual teachers to provide necessary supports, while providing a strategic lens for the state as a whole. Their leadership and hard work has helped change the narrative for our kids.
— Virginia Barry, Commissioner, NHDOE
The state of Colorado is now on the map for education innovation. We are proud of what Colorado educators are doing to change our kids’ futures. We appreciate the support 2Rev provides as a strategic thought partner and provider of creative supports. Our partnership has helped us move schools and districts to think differently about their role in the future of learning.
— Gretchen Morgan, Former Colorado Associate Commissioner for Innovation. Executive Director, Choice and Innovation Unit
2Revolutions has been instrumental in coaching more than a hundred educators to develop breakthrough ideas for new schools in Washington, D.C. Their partnership has resulted in significant steps toward our mission of ensuring that every child in D.C. has access to a transformational school.
— Meika Wick, Executive Director, CityBridge Foundation
2Rev has been a great thought partner, bringing national perspective and innovative on-the-ground supports to help us better support Colorado schools and districts in accelerating systems for next generation learning.
— Samantha Olson, Vice President, Strategic Learning and Organizational Development, Colorado Education Initiative

Lessons Learned

The breadth of our partnerships enables us to constantly learn new lessons about models and systems that inform our thinking and our work. Here are a few insights we’ve gleaned about effective design and implementation:

Point of Entry Matters – we’ve been engaged in a number of systems-level design initiatives – each from a different starting place. We don’t believe there is a “right” approach, but where you begin has meaningful impact on the direction of the effort.

Communicate Early and Often – this one speaks for itself, but could be amended to include: “but first be clear what you’re trying to communicate, to whom, against what communication objectives.” Many a wheel falleth off for lack of effective communication.

Role of Policy Environment – this can range from preventive (constrains innovation) to permissive (allows, but doesn’t support) or enabling (actively promotes, supports and rewards risk-taking) – in any case, it will influence the success of your systemic efforts, so best to plan proactively.

Be Precise With Language – people often use different words to mean the same things, or the same words to mean different things.  Slow down and try to be clear with one another to confirm shared understanding.  This will save you time in the long run.

Innovation Culture as Foundation  we all know change is scary, especially within risk-averse education systems. A focus on leadership is good, but insufficient; long-term success requires building and nurturing an organizational culture of innovation.

Power of Short-cycle Prototyping – rather than become overwhelmed by large, permanent changes to a system, start small to get started and learn quickly as you go.  This also takes some of the pressure off of the potential for failure.

Models Exist Within Systems systems drive scale; we must simultaneously invest in and support both.

“Measure Twice, Cut Once” – borrowing this old carpenter’s adage, it pays to be as thoughtful as possible in advance of implementation to identify and plan for potential pitfalls or other complications.

Build a Big Tent  if this work is perceived as exclusionary, it will be less successful. The goal should be as to cast a wide net and enable all interested to understand the work and participate based on their readiness.

Invest in Your Learning Agenda – it’s often important to invest up front in establishing an explicit learning agenda that names the testable hypotheses and enables process through which ongoing analysis an learning can inform the broader vision and steady management against it.

Match Resources With Rhetoric – finally, it is essential to maintain alignment between available resources – including financial support and the right expert supports – in ways that are appropriate to the scope of problem/challenge you seek to address.  Letting these get out of whack can quickly create new problems.

Keep Pushing – transformational change is not easy and there’s just no substitute for elbow grease!


Following are a few examples of recent design tools and/or publications that 2Rev has (co)produced:

2Rev Tools and Resources

building a culture of innovation in higher ed, april 2015

building a culture of innovation in higher ed, april 2015

designing the Future of Learning, november 2012

designing the Future of Learning, november 2012

so you think you want to innovate? building a culture of innovation in k-12, october 2014

so you think you want to innovate? building a culture of innovation in k-12, october 2014

roadmap for competency-based systems PDF, january 2014. or view on the corresponding Website

roadmap for competency-based systems PDF, january 2014. or view on the corresponding Website


Storytelling with our Partners

putting kids at the center: building parker varney's future of learning, november 2015

putting kids at the center: building parker varney's future of learning, november 2015

Innovating School: A Denver High School's Journey Towards Personalized Learning, April 2016

Innovating School: A Denver High School's Journey Towards Personalized Learning, April 2016

growing roots: a new denver elementary school, january 2016

growing roots: a new denver elementary school, january 2016

designing community partnerships to expand student learning, august 2015

designing community partnerships to expand student learning, august 2015

new hampshire goes first: blueprint to scale competency-based, september 2015

new hampshire goes first: blueprint to scale competency-based, september 2015

A Day in the Life of a ROOTS Student

Designing Roots Elementary School

pennington elementary school: expanding the day to boost learning, january 2015

pennington elementary school: expanding the day to boost learning, january 2015

a gps for breakthrough model design, april 2016

a gps for breakthrough model design, april 2016

The Change and Innovation Lab. A higher education: groundbreaking initiative to enable change and innovation, December 2015

The Change and Innovation Lab. A higher education: groundbreaking initiative to enable change and innovation, December 2015

What's Radically Different at DSISD

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