Innovation Contest

  • Have an idea for an innovative new program in Ken-Ton Schools? Send a two-page abstract description to by October 1 and yours might be selected for the next phase in the district's first-ever Innovation Contest!

    The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is excited to announce that proposals are now being accepted for its first-ever Innovation Contest. Anyone with an idea for an innovative new program in Ken-Ton Schools is invited to submit an abstract description (no more than two pages) by October 1, 2018. Abstracts should include an overview of the proposal and a high-level list of items that will carry cost (such as materials and staffing). It is not necessary to provide actual cost estimates in your initial abstract. Proposals may be sent to

    Submissions may propose any new program or approach to addressing the needs of students as long as it is not specific to one individual school. Examples might include an established model, program or framework that is used in other schools and districts which may be introduced in Ken-Ton Schools; a new system for supporting students or enhancing learning; and new challenges and opportunities for students. Proposals should be in alignment with one of the three goals of “Ken-Ton Forward,” the Ken-Ton School District’s new strategic plan. The goals are:

    • Instruction for All Students: By 2022-23, all district schools in Ken-Ton will provide comprehensive academic opportunities that support and extend learning, in the critical areas of core instruction, academic intervention and accelerated programming, so that all K-12 students may achieve their highest potential.
    • Social-Emotional Health & Wellness: By 2022-2023, Ken-Ton will provide the necessary staff, support, and structures so 85% of Ken-Ton students will display improvement in social-emotional wellness, as compared to our baseline measures.
    • Technology: By 2022-23, Ken-Ton will embody a culture of innovation by providing all district schools increased access to technology-rich resources to enhance every aspect of our learning community.

    The purpose of the contest is to generate new ideas on programs and opportunities for students from the district’s most valuable resource: its stakeholders. All stakeholders of the Ken-Ton School District including parents, teachers, staff, students, residents, alumni, business owners and other community members are eligible to participate.

    Entries will be reviewed and a select number of entrants will be invited back for the next phase of the contest which will allow them to more fully develop their proposals and present their idea to a panel on November 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Ultimately, one proposal will be selected for implementation. Depending on the nature of the proposal, this might consist of a pilot program or smaller-scale implementation to evaluate effectiveness.