LearnZillion is dedicated to championing teachers and supporting their ongoing professional development. Teachers develop expertise and insights while working with students, but they have never been able to integrate that expertise into a curriculum that keeps getting better. We are building the first ever digital curriculum created by and for teachers and, in the process, enabling professional development to become increasingly active and collaborative. Teachers have exceptional ideas for how to improve classroom learning.We believe that by empowering them to collaborate and share best practices new possibilities for students, and the profession itself, are created.
LearnZillion.com offers a free and growing set of Math and English Language resources for grades 2-12 that have been developed by expert teachers directly from the Common Core State Standards.
LearnZillion’s premium participatory curriculum platform enables schools and districts to accelerate the successful implementation of the Common Core, augment the efficacy of their coaches, create classtime capacity to address differentiation needs, and build teacher leaders.
The idea for LearnZillion began at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. where co-founder Eric Westendorf , was principal. After watching 6th grade teacher Andrea Smith teach her students what it meant to divide by fractions, Eric wondered, "could powerful learning experiences be captured so that teachers didn't have to re-invent the wheel every time they taught a standard?"
He decided to find out.
Working with Andrea and a few other E.L. Haynes teachers, he created a homemade website that featured screencasts of high quality, Common Core lessons. The website worked. Not only could teachers find examples of high quality lessons, but parents and students also benefited from the explanations.
Thanks to a Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant, Eric was able to grow the idea. He teamed up with former classmate and teacher, Alix Guerrier , and together they recruited an initial corps of 20 Dream Team teachers from across the country. The Dream Team grew to 123 the following year. In 2013, 200 teachers from 42 states worked on high quality Common Core lessons. There are now over 10,000 high quality resources on the site, covering grades 2-12 in math and ELA. LearnZillion also launched it's premium offering to enable states, districts, and schools to provide powerful and invigorating professional development experiences for their own teachers.
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LearnZillion featured on NPR show Marketplace
Marketplace reporter, Amy Scott, tells the story of LearnZillion’s origin and explains how it is being used to help students and teachers in schools.Check out the story.
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Eric Westendorf, Co-Founder
Eric was most recently a principal and the Chief Academic Officer of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. E.L. Haynes Public Charter School is known locally and nationally for its outstanding results and programs. Prior to E.L. Haynes, Eric taught for seven years in North Carolina, New York, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He also founded a non-profit focused on teacher leadership development and was the Assistant Principal of St. Josephʼs School in Harlem, where he raised over $1 million dollars for technology and other programs. Eric has an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, a Masters in School Administration from Trinity University, and a Masters in Teaching from Brown University. He graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy. He lives with his wife and three children in Washington, D.C.
Alix Guerrier, Co-Founder
Alix was most recently a consultant in McKinsey & Companyʼs Education Practice, where he advised school systems and foundations on strategic matters. His previous work experience includes: teaching in and directing an after-school program in one of Bostonʼs public housing projects; working as a member of the housing group in the public finance department of an investment bank in New York; and teaching full-time for several years, including in an international school in Brazil. He most recently taught math at a public charter high school in San Francisco, and subsequently served on the Board of Trustees for the school. He is a newly elected member of the board of Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Alix has an MBA from Stanfordʼs Graduate School of Business and a Masters in Education from the Stanford University School of Education. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C.