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  1. ELIGIBILITY. You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to use the Services. By agreeing to these Terms, you represent and warrant to us: (i) that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age; (ii) that you have not previously been suspended or removed from the Services; and (iii) that your registration and your use of the Services is in compliance with any and all applicable laws and regulations. If you are using the Services on behalf of an entity, organization, or company, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind such organization to these Terms and that you agree to be bound by these Terms on behalf of such organization
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  4. RESTRICTIONS. You are solely responsible for the content of your transmissions through the Services. Your use of the Services is subject to all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations (including without limitation those governing account collection, export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising). By using the Services, you hereby agree not to:

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  5. TERMINATION. LEAP may immediately terminate your account and right to use the Services if: (i) you breach these Terms of Use; (ii) we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us; (iii) you provide false, misleading, or otherwise inaccurate information to us; or (iv) we decide, in our sole and absolute discretion, to discontinue offering the Services. Should you object to any of the Terms of Use, or any subsequent modifications thereto, or should you become dissatisfied with the Services in any way, your sole recourse is to immediately: (1) discontinue use of the Services; (2) terminate your account (if applicable); and (3) notify us of termination. Upon termination, your right to use the Services immediately ceases; however, certain payment obligations may still apply.
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  7. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. IN NO EVENT SHALL LEAP BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS, DATA, GOODWILL OR REVENUE OR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES, EVEN IF LEAP HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. YOU HEREBY EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT LEAP’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ALL DAMAGES, CAUSES OF ACTION, LOSSES, AND COSTS ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE SERVICES OR ANY MATERIALS, RESOURCES OR CONTENT, OR OTHERWISE UNDER THESE TERMS, IS LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF (I) THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID LEAP FOR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICES IN THE TWELVE MONTHS PRECEDING THE CLAIM, AND (II) $100. THE FOREGOING REMEDY SHALL NOT BE DEEMED TO FAIL OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, AND YOU HEREBY WAIVE ALL RIGHT TO MAKE ANY CLAIM THAT SUCH REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
  8. INDEMNITY. You hereby agree, at your sole cost and expense, to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LEAP and its officers, directors, employees, consultants, affiliates, subsidiaries, grantors, grantees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees and costs, arising out of (i) your access to, use of, or alleged use of the Services or any materials, resources or content, (ii) your breach or alleged breach of any term, condition, obligation, representation or warranty in these Terms of Use, or any applicable law or regulation; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any intellectual property right, publicity, confidentiality, property or privacy right; or (iv) any disputes or issues between you and any third party. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you (and without limiting your indemnification obligations with respect to such matter), and in such case, you agree to cooperate with our defense of such claim.
  9. THIRD PARTY SERVICES. LEAP may provide tools through the Services that enable you to export information to third party services, including through our implementation of third party buttons (such as “like” or “share” buttons). By using these tools, you agree that we may transfer such information to the applicable third-party service. Such third party services are not under our control, and we are not responsible for their use of your exported information. The Services may also contain links to third-party websites. Such linked websites are not under our control, and you agree that we are not responsible for their content.
  10. ADDITIONAL TERMS; CHANGES. Your use of the Services is subject to any and all additional terms, policies, rules, or guidelines applicable to the Services or certain features of the Services that we may post on or link to on the Services (the “Additional Terms“), such as rules applicable to particular features or content on the Services. All such Additional Terms are hereby incorporated by reference into, and made a part of, these Terms of Use. LEAP reserves the right to change these Terms of Use on a going-forward basis at any time. Please check these Terms of Use periodically for changes. You understand and agree that you are solely and exclusively responsible for periodically reviewing these Terms of Use. In the event that a change to these Terms of Use materially modifies your rights or obligations, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of any such modifications. We may provide you notice through a pop-up or banner within the Services or by sending you a message informing you of the modified terms to any address you may have provided to us, or through other mechanisms. You agree that you will periodically check www.leapinnovations.org for updates to these Terms of Use and that you will read the messages we may send you to inform you of any changes. If we make any material changes to these Terms of Use, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of the change. For example, we may send a message to your email address, if we have one on file, or generate a pop-up or similar notification when you access the Services for the first time after such material changes are made. Continued use of the Services following notice of such changes will indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of such changes. Disputes arising under these Terms of Use will be resolved in accordance with the Terms of Use in effect that the time the dispute arose.
  11. DISPUTE RESOLUTION. Any controversy, claim or dispute arising out of or relating to the Terms (a “Dispute”) shall be resolved solely as provided in this Article 11. You hereby consent to the provisions of this Article 11, and shall institute proceedings only as permitted by this Article 11.
    (a) Any Dispute shall be settled, if possible, through good faith negotiation between the parties. Such good faith negotiation shall commence upon a party’s receipt of notice of a Dispute from the other party. However, at any time before or during such negotiations, or following any unsuccessful negotiations, either party may by written notice to the other demand that the Dispute be submitted to arbitration proceedings under the Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (“ADR Rules”), in which case such Dispute shall be finally settled by arbitration administered under the ADR Rules by one (1) arbitrator appointed in accordance with Section 11(b). The parties hereby waive any right to institute a court or other dispute resolution proceeding and acknowledge that private negotiation and arbitration in accordance with this Article 11 is the sole and exclusive means of resolving any Dispute hereunder.
    (b) The arbitrator shall be selected by mutual agreement of the parties. In the event that the parties cannot agree on any arbitrator, such arbitrator shall be selected by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with the ADR Rules then in effect.
    (c) The arbitration proceeding shall occur in Chicago, Illinois, each party shall bear its own costs relating to such arbitration, the parties shall equally share the arbitrators’ fees and expenses, and the arbitration and related proceedings and discovery shall be confidential and shall take place pursuant to a protective order entered by the arbitrators that adequately protects LEAP’s Confidential Information. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties, may be enforced by any court of competent jurisdiction, and cannot be the subject of any appeal.
    (d) Except as required by applicable Law, neither party shall make any public statement regarding any Dispute, arbitration, or arbitration decision without the prior written consent of the other party, which may be withheld in its sole discretion.
  12. GOVERNING LAW. These Terms, and all matters arising out of or relating to these Terms or use of the Services, are governed by, and are to be construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. By using the Services, you hereby agree to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts sitting in Cook County, Illinois.

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LEAP Connections

Chicago educators innovating together

The Breakthrough Schools program completed its round of school intervisitations on May 31st with visits to Patrick henry Elementary School (Pilot Network, Breakthrough Schools Cohort 2) and Wildwood Elementary School (Breakthrough Schools Cohort 1).

Over the 2016-2017 school year, LEAP facilitated intervisitations at nine Breakthrough Schools. Intervisitations offered schools low-risk ways to see other personalized learning schools in action, enrich their own evolving personalized learning models, build relationships with other educators engaged in innovation, and offer feedback to hosting schools.

When asked how these visits benefitted his team, Peter Rutkowski, Assistant Principal at Disney II said, "LEAP intervisitations throughout the year helped us feel like we were not on an island in our efforts to personalize learning, and [they] supported us in developing innovative instruction that works for our students."

Thanks to all the hosting and participating schools!


 

Reimagining school space and design for innovation

At the end of May, LEAP Innovations brought together schools from our Breakthrough, Pilot Network, and other programs for a professional development session from Wonder by Design, national experts in innovative school space. 

Sixteen schools – charters, district and Archdiocese – from six LEAP programs attended the collaborative work session taking participants on an inspiring journey into the “why” and “what” of school through the lens of space design. Participants left with concepts for new classroom and school-level design to support greater personalization of learning. 

Read more about Wonder by Design.

LEAP School Spotlight

St. John Brebeuf Featured on Relevant Radio

A LEAP Pilot Network school, St. John Brebeuf in Niles, was featured on a Relevant Radio discussion about personalized learning and breaking the mold of the traditional classroom. Principal Elise Matson and eighth grade teacher Cathy VanTreese spoke about what their classrooms look like now in comparison to previous years and how personalized learning has transformed their school.


Listen to the podcast.


 

José Clemente Orozco Academy Hosts Personalized Learning Fair

Last week, students at Orozco Academy hosted a Personalized Learning Fair for their parents, successfully demonstrating the Learner Connected component of the LEAP Learning Framework by connecting in-school learning back to families and the community. 

The students built display boards to present different aspects of personalized learning, including flexible seating, growth mindset, Friday choices, the adaptive edtech programs they use. Parents were invited to complete a learning menu, as their students do at Orozco, and had the opportunity to visit different learning stations, showing families firsthand how the student experience at Orozco has changed. Parents were then invited to share their thoughts and questions. Learn more about Orozco Elementary here.


 

Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals

Principals from several LEAP schools and LEAP staff recently traveled to a convening of the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals at Columbia University, where they presented on their innovative work in front of a national audience. Principals from Lorca Elementary School and Belmont-Cragin Elementary School were invited to showcase their personalized learning efforts, and both highlighted the work they accomplished with LEAP as a major catalyst in transforming their schools. LEAP was thrilled to be in New York to witness the success of all the amazing Chicago schools presenting!

Learn more about the Cahn Fellows Program.

LEAP helps launch national Piloting Toolkit to innovate education across the country

gsv1LEAP Innovations ‐ leader of the national community of practice, the Learning Assembly – collaborated on and recently released a comprehensive toolkit to help educators, schools and districts, and edtech companies successfully develop, implement and assess edtech and personalized learning pilots.

The Learning Assembly, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a network of seven nonprofit organizations – Citizen Schools, Digital Promise, Highlander Institute, iZone, LearnLaunch, LEAP Innovations and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation – and has applied and tested 100 tools in 195 schools; improving learning outcomes for 28,000 students across the country.

Collectively, they have run edtech pilots with hundreds of educators in areas including Chicago, New York, Boston, Providence and the San Francisco Bay Area. Based on their experiences, these organizations have compiled tools to help others effectively plan and prepare for pilots, select the right products, garner buy-in, measure results, and share findings. The toolkit has four distinct sections with differentiated advice for piloting organizations, edtech companies, school and district teams, and individual teachers.

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The Learning Assembly recently convened at the LEAP Innovations office in Chicago for two full days of idea sharing and connecting; including visits to LEAP partner schools. Learn more about the Learning Assembly and their piloting best practices by listening to the new podcast series from Getting Smart. The series of three features LearnLaunch InstituteHighlander Institute and LEAP Innovations

Access the Piloting Tookit here.
Read more about the Learning Assembly here.

LEAP Innovations represents at ASU + GSV!

gsv1The eighth annual ASU+GSV Summit, the country’s leading education innovation conference, took place in Salt Lake City earlier this month. 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

3d2For LEAP's Third Annual 3D Printing Event, 40 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 from The School of Saints, Faith, Hope and Charity; St. Clements School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help 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.

Feedback was given to each of the presenting eight teams from the judges and 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, as well as have the opportunity to give the students a tour of 1871. 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.