Thanks to the Breakthrough Schools Program from LEAP Innovations, 7 CPS schools now have nearly $2 million to invest in personalized learning.

This journey began last year, with 15 schools designing and piloting innovative learning models to replace a “one size fits all” approach to education. After hours of coaching from experts, and visits to schools around the country, each school came up with a grant proposal for implementing their new learning models.

The 7 schools selected for Phase II of this program – CICS Irving Park, Disney II Magnet High School, Brooks College Prep, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, University of Chicago Charter School – Donoghue Campus, and Lovett and Henry elementary schools – will now have the resources they need to take their ideas to the next level.

This means taking learning beyond the classroom and into the community. It means tailoring lessons to students’ needs and interests, and encouraging them to take ownership of their learning and work at their own pace, all of which should help them maximize their full academic potential.

Along with the Breakthrough Schools Program and LEAP Innovations, CPS thanks the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chicago Public Education Fund, IMC Financial Markets, the Joyce Foundation and Northern Trust for helping to fund this exciting opportunity for these select schools, and support CPS in exploring what is possible in personalized learning.