“…LEAP Innovations is doing a great job connecting developers with schools and teachers, using well-designed trial methods, to evaluate new products for personalized instruction."
Each school will receive a $280,000 grant as part of Breakthrough Schools Chicago
LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization working to transform learning by connecting education and innovation for teachers and students, today announced the selection of seven Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to receive $280,000 grants, totaling $1.96M, as part of the Breakthrough Schools Chicago program.
"I am proud of the ingenuity and hard work by our devoted teachers and students who participated in the Breakthrough Schools program to inspire new and innovative models for learning across the city," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Chicago is grateful for our partnership with the LEAP Innovations Breakthrough Schools program, as it prepares students with the 21st century skills they need to be successful in college and their careers."
Last year, during the first phase of the program, educators from 15 schools served as creative agents for innovation by engaging their students and the school community in a process to design and pilot transformative, whole-school personalized learning models developed to meet the needs of their unique student populations.
LEAP Innovations supported school teams to completely reimagine education for their students through a total of $450,000 ($30,000 to each school) in planning grant funds, along with monthly workshops, over 150 hours of coaching from local and national experts, and site visits to West Coast schools with innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
At this week’s ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego, we were honored to be mentioned during Bill Gates' keynote remarks, which noted our work with educators and innovators to find the best solutions to personalize learning for students. Check out the video below.
What is personalized learning, and what does it look like in practice?
At LEAP Innovations, we’ve considered this question a great deal as we work with educators to innovate in their classrooms. What are the core components of a truly learner-centered approach, and how do these translate into strategies to create this experience for learners?