Connecting innovation and education to dramatically transform the way students learn, LEAP Innovations® leads the nation in developing and scaling personalized learning practices, technology and innovations in classrooms throughout the U.S. Located at 1871, Chicago’s premier incubator for technology and entrepreneurship, LEAP is quickly positioning Chicago as the national hub for education innovation. LEAP has also launched the country's most comprehensive personalized learning framework, as well as the first survey tools to measure practice in the classroom.
Sponsored by major foundations and donors, LEAP currently works with over 90 schools across the Chicagoland area, improving the lives of thousands of students. Winner of the 2016 Chicago Innovation Award for social innovation, LEAP Innovations is poised to increase reach and impact by deploying thought leadership, services and tools across the country.
The mission of LEAP Innovations is to create access to equitable, high-quality personalized learning experiences for all learners, ultimately helping each one to reach their full potential. LEAP operates at the intersection of educators and edtech innovators—researching and implementing personalized practices and tools.
LEAP is defining and articulating the teacher practices that best meet individual student needs; determining the school- and classroom-level models that best personalize learning; and constructing the research methods and tools to best evaluate the impact of personalized learning and edtech programs on student achievement. Similarly, from the edtech side, LEAP aims to help edtech companies utilize LEAP’s research and educator feedback to create tools that are more aligned with teacher and student needs.
LEAP has built a scaffolded trajectory of programming to accomplish these goals, including the LEAP Pilot Network, in which school teams select, pilot and evaluate personalized learning technologies and practices within individual classrooms, as well as whole-school redesign programs, in which school teams design transformative, school-wide personalized learning models.
- Every person deserves the chance to reach his or her potential.
- Quality education should be available to everyone: anytime, anywhere.
- Innovation can transform teaching and learning.
- The private and public sectors must collaborate to advance education and keep our country competitive.
- The time is now.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
The team at LEAP envisions a future in which there are no boundaries to learning – a future in which each and every student’s learning experiences in and out of school create a seamless, accredited, unique pathway that is tailored to that student’s needs, strengths, interests and limitless ambitions.
Over the next five years, LEAP will work toward this vision in two key ways:
Regional Expansion: LEAP will strengthen its impact by expanding its local work, serving an additional 165,000 students at 325 schools and developing additional focus areas such as early childhood, after school and juvenile justice.
National Impact: Through its work in Chicago, home to the third largest school district in the country, LEAP will build the foundation of tools, resources and knowledge to scale its personalized learning work across the country. These tools and resources include the LEAP Learning Framework, which defines and provides strategies for the implementation of personalized learning, and the LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys, which measure the degree of personalization in a learning environment and are now being used across 11 states. Additionally, LEAP will conduct rigorous research to aggregate and analyze data on teacher practice, student outcomes and product efficacy.
LEAP is seeking a Measurement Associate to join our growing research and evaluation team. LEAP is developing a suite of personalized learning tools both internally and with external partners to provide school leaders and teachers with data to support school personalized learning innovation efforts, to inform professional development choices, and to contribute to the growing evidence base around personalized learning. LEAP considers expanding the evidence base relating personalized learning teacher practices and school structures and policies to outcomes for students a critical part of our growth strategy. Our ideal candidate will have expertise in measure development, data collection and operations, and survey reporting and delivery, as well as survey management and project management. The Measurement Associate will lead several projects (surveys, observations, qualitative, etc.) currently at different stages of development (e.g., design, operations, reporting) and will be an important voice in designing and supporting our overall research agenda.
- Apply best practices to survey design, operations, and reporting;
- Develop new measurement tools, expanding LEAP’s expertise and capacity;
- Support and contribute to LEAP’s research agenda;
- Author technical reports and user documentation of tools, or manage vendor process for creation, as part of project deliverables;
- Carry out project management activities, including monitoring contract timelines and budgets, supervising the work of junior staff, communicating with senior managers, and communicating with clients as appropriate;
- Collect and manage data for projects;
- Directly support schools and districts with the planning and preparation for survey administration as well as classroom observations;
- Engage in business development activities, including cultivating relationships with existing and potential new survey clients, and managing or writing proposals;
- Support collaboration among team members, both internal and external to LEAP, and contribute to a positive work environment.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE The ideal candidate should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, s/he should have the following:
- Ph.D. degree (with 2-3 years related experience preferred) or M.A., M.S., or equivalent degree with 3-5 years related experience in survey research;
- Demonstrated management skills, including the ability to lead small and medium sized projects and tasks, provide day-to-day management of more complex projects and tasks, and direct and mentor staff members;
- Experience with statistical programming languages (R preferred) and statistical modelling (HLM preferred);
- Knowledge of personalized learning models and relevant research is a plus;
- Experience working in a grant or contract-funded environment highly desirable;
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills;
- Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines;
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
- Acute attention to detail and strong work ethic.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent health benefits, 403(b) plan and group life insurance.
Start Date: Position currently available.