Leap Innovations

Teachers, Principals and Schools

We help educators find solutions to personalize student learning, from teacher training, to programs that help educators share ideas with one other and explore edtech tools.

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Tech Companies and Other Innovators

We are a hub for the best and brightest education innovators, digital entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, piloting their tools in real-life learning situations, collecting valuable research, and scaling the most effective ideas broadly from early childhood to early college.

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Students, Families and Communities

LEAP Innovations believes in student-centered learning that continues beyond the four walls of the classroom. We’re committed to working with students, families and communities to provide individualized learning anytime, anywhere.

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Learning Exponentially. Advancing Potential.

LEAP Innovations is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that connects innovation and education to reinvent our one-size-fits-all system and transform the way kids learn.

We bring together educators and innovators to discover, pilot and scale personalized learning technologies and innovative practices in the classroom and beyond. LEAP serves as a national hub for a new, collaborative ecosystem of the best and brightest education innovators, digital entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, committed to reinventing education in our country.

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LEAP Collaboratory

The LEAP Innovations Collaboratory is a place to convene educators, tech innovators and other stakeholders to discover, share and scale tools and strategies that advance personalized learning.

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LEAP Pilot Network

In the LEAP Innovations Pilot Network, we work directly with educators and tech innovators to discover and pilot personalized learning technologies and innovative practices, and then share our research nationally to scale what works.

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Breakthrough Schools Chicago

Breakthrough Schools Chicago is a $4 million program that supports local educators as they develop transformative, whole-school personalized learning approaches to serve as models for the future of education through workshops, access to national experts, and funding.

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LEAP helps launch national Piloting Toolkit to innovate education across the country

gsv1LEAP Innovations ‐ leader of the national community of practice, the Learning Assembly – collaborated on and recently released a comprehensive toolkit to help educators, schools and districts, and edtech companies successfully develop, implement and assess edtech and personalized learning pilots.

The Learning Assembly, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a network of seven nonprofit organizations – Citizen Schools, Digital Promise, Highlander Institute, iZone, LearnLaunch, LEAP Innovations and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation – and has applied and tested 100 tools in 195 schools; improving learning outcomes for 28,000 students across the country.

Collectively, they have run edtech pilots with hundreds of educators in areas including Chicago, New York, Boston, Providence and the San Francisco Bay Area. Based on their experiences, these organizations have compiled tools to help others effectively plan and prepare for pilots, select the right products, garner buy-in, measure results, and share findings. The toolkit has four distinct sections with differentiated advice for piloting organizations, edtech companies, school and district teams, and individual teachers.

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The Learning Assembly recently convened at the LEAP Innovations office in Chicago for two full days of idea sharing and connecting; including visits to LEAP partner schools. Learn more about the Learning Assembly and their piloting best practices by listening to the new podcast series from Getting Smart. The series of three features LearnLaunch InstituteHighlander Institute and LEAP Innovations

Access the Piloting Tookit here.
Read more about the Learning Assembly here.

LEAP Innovations represents at ASU + GSV!

gsv1The eighth annual ASU+GSV Summit, the country’s leading education innovation conference, took place in Salt Lake City earlier this month. LEAP enjoyed a great presence, leading four packed sessions and presenting both the newly released LEAP Learner Connected™ component of the LEAP Learning Framework and the Learning Assembly Piloting Toolkit. We also spotlighted the transformative work taking place in our Breakthrough Schools with a panel of some of Chicago’s most innovative principals.

In addition, LEAP CEO Phyllis Lockett led the keynote lunch panel, Hidden Figures: Women Championing For Equity in Public Education. The panel, with Kaya Henderson, Former Superintendent of DC Public Schools; Dr. Mahalia Hines, CEO of ThinkCommon Foundation; and Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President, CEO and Chair of DreamBox Learning, discussed the importance that proximity plays in developing effective and innovative solutions in education, as well as serving children and communities of high need.

You can watch video of some of our ASU+GSV sessions here:

Exploring Personalized Learning: Connecting Learners In and Out of School
Breakthrough Schools: Lessons Learned in Change Management
Piloting Partnerships: Classrooms to Companies  

LEAP Collaboratory Spotlight: Using a printer to solve a global problem

3d2For LEAP's Third Annual 3D Printing Event, 40 students from three local Archdiocese schools worked in groups to design 3D-printed solutions that help solve a local, national or global problem. The teams from The School of Saints, Faith, Hope and Charity; St. Clements School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help gathered at the LEAP Collaboratory May 9 to present their innovative ideas, including their ideation process and iteration cycles, before their peers and a panel of judges.

Feedback was given to each of the presenting eight teams from the judges and four awards were given: the Collaboration Award, the 3D Print Master Award, the Social Impact Award, and the Innovator Award. The winners of the Innovator Award took home the big prize – a 3D printer!

LEAP was thrilled to host the students and witness the culmination of a school-based project with real-world implications, as well as have the opportunity to give the students a tour of 1871. Congratulations to all who participated!  

 

New component of LEAP Learning Framework released

Earlier this week, LEAP Innovations released the latest edition of the LEAP Learning Framework, designed to define and guide the implementation of personalized learning in K-12 schools.

The fourth and most recently released component, LEAP Learner Connected™, helps teachers create real-world learning experiences for students connected to families, peers, and the community. Also new in this edition, across all four core components, are examples for each strategy, making the shift to personalized learning more tangible and actionable for educators.

Want to know more about how to implement Learner Connected and other personalized learning strategies in your classroom or school? Visit the LEAP Learning Framework website.  

We're Hiring!

Are you passionate about working with educators and innovators to create a new learning trajectory for students? If so, join the LEAP team! Available positions are listed below.

LEAP Innovations - Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

LEAP Innovations - Measurement Associate - Certification

LEAP Innovations - Summer Intern or Contractor - IT

LEAP Innovations - Chief Marketing Officer

LEAP Innovations - Marketing Project Director

LEAP Innovations - Research Analyst

LEAP Innovations - Measurement Associate

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Sign Up to Take the LEAP Innovations Personalized Learning Surveys!

Are you implementing personalized learning at your school? Gain valuable insights into teacher practices and student experiences by participating in the LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys.

The LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys are designed to measure the teaching practices that personalize learning for students. We are now offering these surveys to schools and districts at no cost. Learn more here.