ILA LANE GROSS co-founded LEAP with Alice Krieger in 1977 in response NYC’s financial crisis and firing of all public school arts teachers. LEAP's very effective educational approach is based on the model she first developed for the Cathedral School in the early 1970’s after working as both a successful artist and a public school teacher. Under her creative guidance and oversight, LEAP has served over 2,000,000 students. She has taken LEAP from a small, volunteer-run program to one of NYC’s largest educational nonprofit organizations serving about 150,000 students in up to 200 schools in the metropolitan area every year. She continues to develop new programs in response to the changing educational environment and conducts professional Development workshops and summer seminars for over 200 teachers each year. Some of her recent projects include Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, ALLL PreK-8 -Active Learning Leads to Literacy, a federally-funded research project in literacy and LEAP’s highly successful Summer Quest model for preventing summer learning loss. She has created extensive curricula for teaching history, English, science and mathematics and is the author of the Global Understanding – Cultural Literacy series, American History Comes Alive funded by the USDOE, and Understanding History through Art funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to name a few. She has taught graduate courses on archeology and American history, and is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences. She has M.Ed. from Columbia Teacher’s College.
ALICE KRIEGER co-founded LEAP in 1977, and has overseen and supervised the program in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island as well as all out of school time programs. She trains and coordinates a staff of over 250 teaching artists, designs and initiates new programs, creates curriculum materials and publications, conducts and coordinates teacher and parent workshops, presents at conferences, and documents the programs. Alice has designed and supervised programs for the NYCPAE Initiative, Project Arts, Project Read, Early Childhood, ESL/Bilingual, Talented and Gifted, Violence Prevention, and Substance Abuse. For the two past years, she worked with Fidelity Investments on a new educational initiative, Fidelity FutureStage. She has worked on numerous LEAP publications including Understanding History through Art, Japan an Island Culture, Korea Crossroads of Asian Culture, Drama, Voice of Social History and City as History. She sat on the Board of Directors of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable for nine years and served as co-chair of the membership committee for four years. Alice attended Northwestern University and graduated from Mills College with a B.A. in Art History. She also attended Bank Street College of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.