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

LEAP Innovations is already leading a community of practice comprised of more than 100 partners, from educators to innovators, and parents to policymakers, to help organizations transform education and accelerate change. In Chicago alone, LEAP is now working with more than 40 schools—and that number continues to grow. Launched in April 2014, LEAP has secured more than $15.5 million in philanthropic funding, including a $5.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to catalyze education innovation across the country.

Our key initiatives:

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.

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.

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.

LEAP’s three areas of focus allow it to have a 360-view of education innovation. By identifying great ideas in personalized learning, LEAP can implement the best of these ideas and measure results with an eye toward scaling the strongest concepts.