Connecting innovation and education to dramatically transform the way students learn, LEAP Innovations® leads the nation in developing and scaling personalized learning practices, technology and innovations in classrooms throughout the U.S. Located at 1871, Chicago’s premier incubator for technology and entrepreneurship, LEAP is quickly positioning Chicago as the national hub for education innovation. LEAP has also launched the country's most comprehensive personalized learning framework, as well as the first survey tools to measure practice in the classroom.

Sponsored by major foundations and donors, LEAP currently works with over 90 schools across the Chicagoland area, improving the lives of thousands of students. Winner of the 2016 Chicago Innovation Award for social innovation, LEAP Innovations is poised to increase reach and impact by deploying thought leadership, services and tools across the country.

The mission of LEAP Innovations is to create access to equitable, high-quality personalized learning experiences for all learners, ultimately helping each one to reach their full potential. LEAP operates at the intersection of educators and edtech innovators—researching and implementing personalized practices and tools.

LEAP is defining and articulating the teacher practices that best meet individual student needs; determining the school- and classroom-level models that best personalize learning; and constructing the research methods and tools to best evaluate the impact of personalized learning and edtech programs on student achievement. Similarly, from the edtech side, LEAP aims to help edtech companies utilize LEAP’s research and educator feedback to create tools that are more aligned with teacher and student needs.

LEAP has built a scaffolded trajectory of programming to accomplish these goals, including the LEAP Pilot Network, in which school teams select, pilot and evaluate personalized learning technologies and practices within individual classrooms, as well as whole-school redesign programs, in which school teams design transformative, school-wide personalized learning models.


  • Every person deserves the chance to reach his or her potential.
  • Quality education should be available to everyone: anytime, anywhere.
  • Innovation can transform teaching and learning.
  • The private and public sectors must collaborate to advance education and keep our country competitive.
  • The time is now.

The team at LEAP envisions a future in which there are no boundaries to learning – a future in which each and every student’s learning experiences in and out of school create a seamless, accredited, unique pathway that is tailored to that student’s needs, strengths, interests and limitless ambitions.

Over the next five years, LEAP will work toward this vision in two key ways:

Regional Expansion: LEAP will strengthen its impact by expanding its local work, serving an additional 165,000 students at 325 schools and developing additional focus areas such as early childhood, after school and juvenile justice.

National Impact: Through its work in Chicago, home to the third largest school district in the country, LEAP will build the foundation of tools, resources and knowledge to scale its personalized learning work across the country. These tools and resources include the LEAP Learning Framework, which defines and provides strategies for the implementation of personalized learning, and the LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys, which measure the degree of personalization in a learning environment and are now being used across 11 states. Additionally, LEAP will conduct rigorous research to aggregate and analyze data on teacher practice, student outcomes and product efficacy. 


  • Coordinate professional development planning, scheduling, and communication for the PD Programs
  • Serve as a presenter in-residence for at least one of the programs, engaging in mentoring and coaching
  • Co-facilitate LEAP’s blended learning Activate program
  • Coordinate school visits and follow-up professional development sessions for educators
  • Facilitate entry level Discover Personalized Learning events as part of the Community of Practice
  • Support design and production of materials for all professional development programs
  • Develop and manage educator resources for the LEAP Professional Development Resource Exchange
  • Coordinate themed Professional Networking Social Events (quarterly social events connecting participants to other educational resources in the metropolitan Chicago area)
  • Schedule and plan quarterly programs, including expert-led, community partner and educator-facilitated events, to support leading edge personalized learning and edtech in the larger ecosystem
  • Manage the evolving virtual community for LEAP’s Professional Development Programs

The ideal candidate should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, s/he should have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree; degree in education or social sciences (e.g., economics, sociology) preferred
  • 1-3 years K-12 teaching experience; additional exposure to the education sector (such as professional development, training, tutoring or volunteering) a plus
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to lead small and medium sized projects and proposals, as well provide day-to-day management of complex projects and tasks
  • Strong interest in developing knowledge and skills as a professional development expert
  • Experience with on-line learning platforms is highly desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
  • Acute attention to detail, commitment to quality, and strong work ethic
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and problem solve; comfort with ambiguity
  • Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Passion for education, specifically improving learning outcomes for all students through the use of evidence based innovative practices

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent health benefits, 403(b) plan and group life insurance.

Start Date: Position currently available.

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