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.