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 is a new Chicago-based research and development hub for the nation. We search globally to identify the best education technology products, pilot them here in schools and other real-life learning environments, and quickly scale what works from PreK to early college. We will 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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LEAP 21st Century Schools

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

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Introduces LEAP Innovations!

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett introduced LEAP Innovations in a big way. At our kick-off luncheon, we heard from the civic, education, and philanthropic leaders from across the city who have helped launch the initiative, including our board chair, Mark Furlong from BMO Harris Bank, and Leo Melamed of CME Group. We also met one special student who reminded us what it’s really all about. Thanks for joining us, Juvon!

Our keynote speaker, co-founder and CEO of GSV Capital Michael Moe, braved some nasty Chicago weather and a car ride from Milwaukee just to be there. (Thank you, Michael!) He shared his vision for the next American Revolution, one in which education innovation transforms learning and revitalizes our economy. Check out his presentation here.

Special thanks to Motorola Mobility for hosting us, and to all of our funders and board members for their support. 

Education: The Next Great American Innovation

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Throughout history, Chicago has been home to great innovators and their big ideas, from the first skyscraper to the world's first futures exchange. Here at LEAP Innovations, we think education can be the next great American innovation - and we think Chicago is just the place to do it. 

Check out our video to learn more about LEAP and our vision. Want to join us? Get in touch with us here.

LEAP Innovations and Breakthrough Schools Featured in the Chicago Tribune

This April, seven Chicago schools, four district and three charter, were awarded grants of up to $100,000 – and made the front page of the Chicago Tribune!

These grants completed the first cohort of Breakthrough Schools: Chicago, a regional pilot of the national Next Generation Learning Challenges program. LEAP Innovations led the Chicago pilot, with support from the Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Chicago Public Education Fund. Read more about it here!