In spring 2015, LEAP Innovations was excited to announce our second cohort of Breakthrough Schools. These schools participated in a 10-month program to help the school teams reimagine teaching and learning, supported by $30K planning grants. The program offers peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits to next-gen schools, and workshops led by national thought leaders on school scheduling, staffing, sustainability, competency-based progression, and more.

Upon meeting milestones set forth by LEAP, schools will have the opportunity to compete for one of six $280,000 Launch Grants to implement their plans in the 2016-2017 school year.

Our 2015 Cohort

  • Belmont-Cragin Elementary School
  • Chicago International Charter School (CICS)--Irving Park
  • Chicago International Charter School (CICS)--Prairie 
  • Disney II Magnet School
  • Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep Academy High School
  • Gillespie Technology Magnet Cluster School
  • Intrinsic Charter High School
  • Joseph Lovett Elementary School
  • Robert Lindblom Math and Science Academy
  • Lorca Elementary School
  • Moving Everest Charter Elementary
  • Patrick Henry Elementary School
  • Poe Classical Elementary School
  • University of Chicago Charter School - Donoghue
  • UCSN Santiago Elementary School


The Program

  • April 18- Vision for personalized learning and design thinking with education design consultant Aylon Samouha
  • May 16 - Personalized learning working definition, design anchors, and student agency with education design consultant Aylon Samouha
  • May 27 - Webinar on competency-based progression with the Great Schools Partnership
  • June 27 - Competency-based progression with the Great Schools Partnership
  • July 10 - Scheduling with Furman Brown and staffing with Stacey Shumake of Public Impact
  • August 11 - Lunch and Learn: The role of learning science in school design with Bror Saxberg, Kaplan's Chief Learning Officer and co-author of Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age
  • August 14 - Designing learning environments with WONDER by Design and Trung Le, author of The Third Teacher
  • September 19 - Change management with Ed Morris, LEAP Innovations director of professional development
  • October - Site visits in California
  • November-January - Pilots and revisions

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.

To learn more about next-generation school models, please view the resources below.

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