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Our Mission

We help teachers and parents meet the academic needs of their students.

We do that by providing an open, cloud-based curriculum. We help teachers, schools, and districts improve instruction, track student performance, and better respond to the specific needs of their students.

Our values

  1. We have a purpose. We are driven to increase the education opportunities for every student.
  2. We champion teachers. We celebrate great teaching and create tools that support teachers.
  3. We don’t let our users down. Every one of our users is pursuing a critically important goal—the education of a student.
  4. We make products that are easy to use. Features that are too difficult to find or understand don’t make anyone’s life better.
  5. We help each other get better. We're each committed to our own learning and have a duty to contribute to the professional development of others.
  6. We laugh at ourselves. Regularly.
  7. We value families. We take care of the ones we love; we draw strength and inspiration from our lives outside of LearnZillion.
  8. We persevere. We work our hardest when the chips are down.


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 2015 over 1,000 teachers participated on Dream Teams across the country. The result is the world’s first open, cloud-based curriculum.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Who makes your content?

A: We select a pool of highly qualified teachers from across the country to create the content you see on This Dream Team of incredible educators ranges from board certified teachers to those with less than five years of classroom experience. Each of them, however, has demonstrated a deep understanding of their content, the ability to create lessons that connect with students, and a hunger to continue their own learning journey. All of them are excited to broaden their impact, learn from content experts, and challenge themselves in new and exciting ways.

Q: Are you a not-for-profit or a private company?

A: LearnZillion is a private, venture-backed company with a social mission. As former teachers, both our founders care deeply about supporting teachers and the vital work of teaching. LearnZillion was created as a private company in order to attract exceptional talent and get a useful product to market as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Q: How does LearnZillion make money?

A: Following our social mission, we offer (and will always offer) teachers an open, cloud-based curriculum. LearnZillion makes money by contracting with districts to help them improve instruction, track student performance, and better respond to the specific needs of their students. Click here to learn about LearnZillion for Districts.