LEAP Innovations represents at ASU + GSV!

The eighth annual ASU+GSV Summit, the country’s leading education innovation conference, took place in Salt Lake City last week. LEAP enjoyed a great presence, leading four packed sessions and presenting both the newly released LEAP Learner Connected™ component of the LEAP Learning Framework and the Learning Assembly Piloting Toolkit. We also spotlighted the transformative work taking place in our Breakthrough Schools with a panel of some of Chicago’s most innovative principals.

In addition, LEAP CEO Phyllis Lockett led the keynote lunch panel, Hidden Figures: Women Championing For Equity in Public Education. The panel, with Kaya Henderson, Former Superintendent of DC Public Schools; Dr. Mahalia Hines, CEO of ThinkCommon Foundation; and Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President, CEO and Chair of DreamBox Learning, discussed the importance that proximity plays in developing effective and innovative solutions in education, as well as serving children and communities of high need.

You can watch video of some of our ASU+GSV sessions here:

Exploring Personalized Learning: Connecting Learners In and Out of School
Breakthrough Schools: Lessons Learned in Change Management
Piloting Partnerships: Classrooms to Companies  

LEAP Collaboratory Spotlight: Using a printer to solve a global problem

Students from three local Archdiocese schools worked in groups to design 3D-printed solutions that help solve a local, national or global problem. The teams gathered at the LEAP Collaboratory May 9 to present their innovative ideas, including their ideation process and iteration cycles, before their peers and a panel of judges.

Four awards were given: the Collaboration Award, the 3D Print Master Award, the Social Impact Award, and the Innovator Award. The winners of the Innovator Award took home the big prize – a 3D printer!

LEAP was thrilled to host the students and witness the culmination of a school-based project with real-world implications. Congratulations to all who participated!  

New component of LEAP Learning Framework released

Earlier this week, LEAP Innovations released the latest edition of the LEAP Learning Framework, designed to define and guide the implementation of personalized learning in K-12 schools.

The fourth and most recently released component, LEAP Learner Connected™, helps teachers create real-world learning experiences for students connected to families, peers, and the community. Also new in this edition, across all four core components, are examples for each strategy, making the shift to personalized learning more tangible and actionable for educators.

Want to know more about how to implement Learner Connected and other personalized learning strategies in your classroom or school? Visit the LEAP Learning Framework website.  

Sign Up to Take the LEAP Innovations Personalized Learning Surveys!

Are you implementing personalized learning at your school? Gain valuable insights into teacher practices and student experiences by participating in the LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys.

The LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys are designed to measure the teaching practices that personalize learning for students. We are now offering these surveys to schools and districts at no cost. Learn more here.

Jim Shelton Highlights the LEAP Learning Framework

CZI's Jim Shelton Points to the LEAP Learning Framework to Answer "What is Personalized Learning?"

At his iNACOL keynote yesterday, Jim Shelton, president of education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, talked about the importance of creating personalized learning experiences for all students, and giving teachers the right tools to do so. When answering "What exactly is personalized learning?" Shelton pointed to the LEAP Learning Framework, and outlined its core components. View his talk on the iNACOL Facebook page or YouTube channel, and learn more about the LEAP Learning Framework here.

Announcing the LEAP Learning Framework

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?

We set out to answer these questions in the LEAP Learning Framework, complete with actionable strategies for educators to use now. Visit the LEAP Learning Framework website to learn more.

The LEAP Pilot Network is Making Headlines

Check out the buzz that our Pilot Network Cohort 1 results have been generating:


EdWeek
Chicago Program for Testing Ed-Tech Finds Need for Data, Smart Practice
“LEAP officials believe the preliminary data offer tips to companies and K-12 officials on the importance of sticking to sound practices, and focusing careful implementation, when using new digital tools. 'It really is about the practice, and not the tool,' said Phyllis Lockett, the CEO of LEAP Innovations.” Read more.


EdSurge
LEAP Innovations Looks at What Works With ThinkCERCA, Lexia Reading Core5
“The [Pilot Network] results have been eagerly anticipated, both because LEAP has been taking a cautious approach to evaluating edtech products and because its influence could be huge." Read more.


Chicago Tribune
Technology might finally fulfill promise of individualized education
“Leap Innovations, a nonprofit founded almost two years ago, aims to personalize learning for students, and while technology is part of the approach, founder Phyllis Lockett said, it's not the most important factor. 'Teaching and learning practices have to change first, but technology is used to put that on steroids,' she said.” Read more.

Finding What Works - Pilot Network Year One Results

LEAP’s Pilot Network launched in the fall of 2014, focusing on literacy edtech tools with 15 schools across Chicago. It was our first step in determining the best way to find, implement, and evaluate edtech tools and innovative teaching practices with schools, and understanding which of these tools and practices have the potential to make the biggest difference in student achievement.

We are now excited to share the results. In short, innovation in the hands of forward-thinking educators has the potential to make a real impact: overall, for grades 3-8, participation in the Pilot Network resulted in a gain of 1.07 additional test-score points above what the control group achieved on NWEA. This is equivalent to closing the achievement growth gap on NWEA for low-income students by approximately 45 percent, nearly closing the gap for Black students, and more than closing the gap for Hispanic students.

Read the full report here!