Innovation Learning at Decatur

Dennis Lab School in Decatur, Illinois is one of many Innovation Learning before and after school sites. In an article written by Valerie Wells in the Herald & Review, the Innovation Learning before and after school program is highlighted.


The article quotes students in the program discussing their favorite part of the program, including the Sphero robot named Roger! The site coordinator, Stephani Hall, promotes leadership in her older students by encouraging them to lead groups of younger students through various planned activities including coding, robotics, and design thinking. The article continues on to detail the entire Innovation Learning program, overseen by Area Director Tina Owens.


Read the full article from the Herald & Review here!


About Innovation Learning – Founded in 2015 by former teachers, principals and school district administrators who also happen to be parents, Innovation Learning is known for developing programs that are individualized and tailored to each of the communities they work with. While most schools opt for their popular Innovation Stations as part of their program, Innovation Learning also offers a menu of enrichment activities, academic support, physical fitness and play-based opportunities that communities can select from when designing their schedules. The company’s mission is to, “create tomorrow’s innovators today.” All of their programs are based upon the premise that Innovation as a “set of skills” can be nurtured, taught and practiced. Skills which include curiosity, collaboration, associative and integrative thinking and a bias toward action and experimentation are deliberately woven into all programs for the purpose of fostering an “innovative mindset” for the children they work with. Innovation Learning currently serves over 70 schools in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, and Oregon metropolitan areas. For more information about Innovation Learning, visit its website at