Chicago Public Schools and LEAP Innovations have announced grants totaling $14 million from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in support of personalized learning.
The grants will enable principals, teachers, and school communities to design or expand personalized learning models that provide students with a framework that allows them to learn at their own pace and with individualized support from educators. The grant to CPS will directly support thirty-five schools through the district’s Elevate program, an intensive professional development and support program offered in partnership with LEAP that includes one-on-one instructional coaching, classroom resources, and technology.
The grant to LEAP will enable more than a hundred schools — those in the district as well as other schools in the region — to design, pilot, implement, and expand strategies tailored to each student over the next two years.
"We’re partnering with Chicago Public Schools and LEAP Innovations to redesign learning environments and put far better tools in the hands of teachers — helping them do the work of their lives and provide transformative and personalized learning experiences that let students unlock their potential," said Jim Shelton, president of education for CZI. "We’re proud to support CPS and LEAP’s efforts to help educators understand and meet the needs of each and every student."
"Successful personalized learning starts with engaged and passionate teachers looking to support each student with an individualized path that helps them reach their goals," said CPS chief executive Janice K. Jackson. "This grant will allow more dedicated educators and administrators to receive training and resources to implement personalized learning and best meet the unique needs of their students."
“Supporting Chicago Teachers in Personalizing Learning.” Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Press Release 05/01/2018.