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ROCKiT, MMSD's new innovation team, intentionally cultivates, develops and grows MMSD's capacity to innovate around complex, equity-based problems in order to find new opportunities so our students, staff and community thrives.

WE WANT TO CHANGE THE GAME FOR MMSD, MADISON & 4K-12 EDUCATION

We believe THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A SAFE SPACE FOR THINKING DIFFERENTLY AND TAKING RISKS YOU CAN CREATE SOMETHING TRULY PROFOUND.

Who We Are: We are the drivers of innovation within MMSD. We are teachers, researchers, and district leaders at MMSD who listen for and seek out bold, new ideas and in order to excite, engage and establish equity in a real way.


Andrew Statz

Andrew Statz

Executive Director of Research, Accountability & Data Use

Phone: (608) 663-4946

Email: ajstatz2@madison.k12.wi.us

Beth Vaade, MEP Co-Director

Beth Vaade

Innovation Project Manager

Phone: (608) 204-7801

Email: envaade@madison.k12.wi.us

Lauren Morris

Lauren Morris

Innovation Coach

Email: lwmorris@madison.k12.wi.us

Leigh Vierstra

Leigh Vierstra

Innovation Coach

Email: lkvierstra@madison.k12.wi.us

Our Partnership with American Family Insurance

American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact aims to close equity gaps in America. To make that happen, they invest in visionary entrepreneurs who build scalable social enterprises in the following areas: economic opportunities, healthy youth development, learning and academic achievement, and resilient communities. The Institute provides MMSD’s ROCKiT team with workspace, time, and resources to build innovation skills and capacity.

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Our Innovation Grant

From 2014-2018, the Innovation Grant Fund provided funding of up to $30,000 per award to support the planning and implementation of an innovative school-based project for one to two school years. See a list of past Innovation Grant recipients.

Since that time, MMSD has aligned the Innovation Grant program with our new Strategic Framework. The ROCKiT team is currently identifying ways to smartly leverage these funds to engage in innovative projects vetted through MMSD’s innovation design process. For more information, contact Beth Vaade at envaade@madison.k12.wi.us.

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