Unleashing the Creative Genius of our Community

Bringing the Future to Dayton


Bringing the Future to Dayton

Innovate Dayton unleashes the creative genius of our learning community by developing equitable opportunities for all students to discover their talents and skills. While empowering them to be problem solvers, we are connecting students and teachers with best practices from industry professionals to prepare them for success in our innovation economy.

We are showing students that if you can dream it, you can do it. And by empowering them to learn from failure, discover their value, and explore their passions, they are crafting their own unique learning journeys in school and beyond.


The Innovate Dayton initiative brings our school, community and businesses together to learn the skills and mindsets of innovation that are needed to drive economic growth in our region.  Here are some things people are saying:

“OnlineNW was thrilled to build our first gigabit fiber network right here in Dayton. I see all sorts of possibilities to use our services to benefit the community and to help kids learn. We want to help spur innovative ideas and work with local students!”

Kathy Tate

Chief Executive Officer, OnlineNW

“Leading workshops that inspire educators to grow a culture of innovation and equitable deeper learning, while empowering them with the resources to practice these mindsets at their schools is my passion. I’m excited to take what we learned in Dayton and support other courageous school leaders as they tap into their creative confidence and experience the joy of being change-makers.”

Jami Fluke

School Leader Ambassador, Oregon Construct Foundation

“As a civic minded parent with a career in Information Technology, I love the idea of our kids working on projects with community members and other students. This gives them hands-on learning opportunities while working to make Dayton a better place for all of us to grow, learn and live.”

Carrie Ray

Mother of two

“Seeing the Innovation program develop over my four years in high school has been incredible. Not only has the program introduced me to new skills, people, and hobbies, but I have seen my student peers — who were once uninterested in school — make the i3 Center their home.”

Cate-Lynn Jacks

2019 Graduate, Dayton High School


Dayton Leads in High School Graduation

Dayton High School's graduation rate was the highest in the Yamhill County at 96.8 percent — 18 points above the state average of 78.7 percent — and one of the best in the state. Dayton had the sixth-highest graduation rate among Oregon schools with 100 more students,...

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Mr. Reeves’ Radical Spanish Class

Educators at Dayton School District believe that it is crucial to re-imagine education for their students in order to better prepare them for the new creative economy. This year’s Spanish class is a part of that story.Ian Reeves is the new Spanish teacher...

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Dayton School District Partners With Old Souls Lacrosse

Dayton High School and Junior High is bringing art to new levels in the i3 Center. With new opportunities arising in the metal and woodworking departments, students are creating more projects with a wider variety of available mediums. They are crafting...

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Mechanics at Dayton

Dayton School District is constantly finding new ways to take education to the next level for its students. Through the i3 Center and Innovate initiative, they have found that there is one universal value to create impactful learning: purpose. But what exactly defines...

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The Elephant Saviors Team: Design Challenge

Design Challenge is a class that was introduced to Dayton Jr. High and High School last year. Since it started, it has combined the Innovate culture with the power of student initiative. These two elements are important at Dayton School District, both...

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Emma Monteith’s Community Garden

For every type of person, there is an area of study that makes them feel the most authentic and inspired. At Dayton, there is no shortage of courses and independent learning opportunities for students with vastly different interests. But the question is:...

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