Leap Innovations
  • For educators: personalizing learning with the best innovative tools and strategies

  • For tech companies: identifying, piloting, and scaling the right edtech solutions

  • For families and communities: making learning happen anytime, anywhere

Educators

We help educators find what works to personalize learning, from edtech tools that support teachers to programs where they can learn from one another and share ideas.

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Tech Companies

We work with the best edtech companies and start-ups from around the world to pilot their tools in real-life learning situations, collect valuable research, and scale broadly from early childhood to early college.

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Families and Communities

We believe that learning continues beyond the four walls of a classroom. We’re committed to working with families and communities to provide rich, individualized learning opportunities for students anytime, anywhere.

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Learning Exponentially. Advancing Potential.

By bridging the gap between innovation and education, we can personalize learning like never before. Driven by great educators and fueled by technology, personalized learning can transform classrooms, meet individual student needs, and enable learning anytime, anywhere.

LEAP Innovations works closely with educators to identify the best next-generation teaching and learning practices and tools. We search globally to find promising education technology products, pilot them in schools and other real-life learning environments, and quickly scale what works from pre-K to college. Headquartered in 1871, Chicago’s incubator for digital startups, we break down the silos that separate innovation in the tech sector from the real-world needs of teachers and learners.

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LEAP Collaboratory

Space and programs that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, tech companies, researchers and students to share ideas, co-develop solutions, and receive training around personalized learning.

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LEAP Pilot Network

A destination for edtech companies from around the world and innovative in-school and out-of-school sites to pilot solutions using nimble, rigorous research that is relevant nationally.

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Breakthrough Schools Chicago

Strategies, supports and funding to help school leaders and their teams design and implement personalized learning school models.

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LEAP Awarded $5.1 Million to Lead National Ed Innovation Program


The pace and quality of innovation in K-12 education may increase and improve, thanks to a significant new initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by Chicago’s LEAP Innovations.

Around the nation, organizations aim to transform teaching and learning to better prepare students for the 21st century, often by personalizing learning and leveraging education technology. Edtech helps teachers differentiate instruction more powerfully than ever before. Its promise has spurred an $8.4 billion edtech boom, but little beyond marketing hype is known about how well the products work.

In response, LEAP Innovations helped start a movement to evaluate edtech, piloting products and techniques that personalize instruction to each student’s level, interests, and goals so districts can quickly scale effective innovations. This new grant enables LEAP to drive collaboration among a growing number of edtech evaluators from across the country, creating much needed national industry standards and sharing of best practices. 

“In 1987, then Secretary of Education Bill Bennett called Chicago’s public schools the worst in the nation,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Today, I am proud to say we are leading the country in education innovation. Thanks in large part to LEAP Innovations, Chicago is becoming the national hub for education technology and personalized learning. We are leading a national movement to develop and scale education innovations that work.”

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Breakthrough Schools Chicago Commits $4 Million to Expand Next-Gen Learning in Chicago

LEAP Innovations announced today that 16 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will join seven schools previously selected in 2014 to be eligible for $4 million in philanthropic funding and professional development to create next-generation, personalized learning schools. The schools are located throughout the city and are a mix of traditional, magnet, selective enrollment, alternative and charter elementary and high schools. (Learn more about our schools here.) Each will undergo a complete transformation led by their principal and key teachers to create sustainable, 21st century school models that personalize instruction to meet each student’s needs, goals and learning styles.

“Breakthrough Schools Chicago reaches public schools all across our city to prepare our kids to succeed with 21st century skills,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “These educators are leading the way forward, paving a path for how our schools can thrive in the future.”

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LEAP Welcomes Allan Golston from the Gates Foundation

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!