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Oliver Sicat wins Digital Innovation in Learning Award for USC Hybrid High School’s Open Door Policy

Oliver SICAT ’01 CEO, Ednovate (Hybrid High School Charter Management Organization)

Oliver SICAT ’01 CEO, Ednovate (Hybrid High School Charter Management Organization)

Oliver Sicat ’01 was awarded a Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) on Friday night, Nov. 21, at a ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The CEO of Ednovate was one of 17 educators, administrators and organizations—representing 10 states—to be recognized in the first of a new annual event sponsored by EdSurge and Digital Promise, two organizations that prioritize edtech and innovation.

As leader of Ednovate, the charter management organization that oversees USC Hybrid High School, Sicat was recognized for the charter school’s “Open Door Policy,” which is designed to give full access to visitors from other schools, districts, organizations, or nonprofits—anyone who wants to pay a visit to learn more about the school’s personalized learning model. In the past school year, HHS has opened its doors to 200 visitors representing 50 schools and other organizations from throughout the country.

The open doors go both ways: HHS teachers and administrators are active visitors to other sites, bringing home new ideas and best practices.

Oliver Sicat ’01 (second from left) with Josh Kinoshita (at far left); Dean Karen Symms Gallagher; and Jessica Cohn. Photo courtesy of EdSurge.

Oliver Sicat ’01 (second from left) with Josh Kinoshita, director of information technology at Ednovate (at far left); Dean Karen Symms Gallagher; and Jessica Cohn, director of strategy and development at Ednovate. Photo courtesy of EdSurge.

USC Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, who attended the ceremony, commented: “USC Hybrid High and Ednovate are committed to making a positive multigenerational change not only in the lives of students, families, communities and the world, but also in the profession of teaching. USC Rossier built HHS with the intention of not only learning what works and what doesn’t in personalized learning, but also sharing that information widely to impact the work of teachers and administrators, and therefore the success of students, beyond Los Angeles. Oliver has done a wonderful job of fulfilling that commitment.”

At the awards ceremony, Sicat encouraged others to have the courage to be transparent while thanking USC: “We couldn’t do it without the support of USC Rossier.”