Learning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Here at LEAP, we want to help cultivate the next generation of school models, ones that innovate to personalize the learning experience, allowing students to learn the way they learn best.

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.

2014 Cohort: Seven schools, including traditional and charter elementary and high schools, received one-to-one support as they developed proposals for their personalized learning models. $100,000 planning grants were awarded to each of these schools; five schools have already been awarded $263,000 in additional implementation grant funds. More

2015 Cohort: Fifteen schools received $30,000 planning grants and are participating in monthly workshops, visits to exemplary school models and consults with national experts. Up to six of these schools will be awarded a $280,000 launch grant. More

Breakthrough Schools Chicago is a regional initiative of the national Next Generation Learning Challenges program, and it is funded by EDUCAUSE, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Joyce Foundation, and Northern Trust