Last week, Allan Golston, president of the United States Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, visited Chicago to see next-generation learning in action! After spending some time with the phenomenal students and educators at CICS West Belden, an innovative elementary school on Chicago's west side, Golston met with LEAP leadership and staff at our offices at 1871. A special thank you to West Belden for hosting, and to the Gates Foundation for their continued support!
LEAP Innovations is proud to help Chicago set the bar nationally for education innovation to transform teaching and learning. Our Breakthrough Schools Chicago initiative is part of an elite national group called the Next-Generation Learning Challenges Regional Funds. Our program provides grants and training to principals and teachers from neighborhood, magnet, selective, charter, turnaround, and alternative elementary and high schools across Chicago who are changing how classrooms look, teachers teach, and students engage in education by doing things such as:
- Providing students access to differentiated content, from remediation to acceleration, through multi-age classrooms, flexible and dynamic groupings, and competency-based approaches
- Enabling educators to engage in more 1:1 mentoring, small group instruction, and other activities that boost their effectiveness and satisfaction
- Creating flexible classrooms with co-teaching and adaptive technologies students leverage through playlists
- Building learner profiles that focus on academic and non-academic outcomes, allowing students, teachers, and families to map out a future for success
Recently, a group of innovative educators from the NGLC Washington, DC, region, which is led by the Citybridge Foundation, came to Chicago to learn about personalized learning. Follow the break for an article about their visit to one of Chicago's Breakthrough Schools, Chavez Elementary, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Are you passionate about working with educators and innovators to create a new learning trajectory for students? If so, join the LEAP team! We’re currently looking for great people to fill the following positions:
LEAP Innovations - Director, Pilot Networks
LEAP Innovations - Director, Professional Development
LEAP Innovations - Managing Director
LEAP Innovations - Director, Administration