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A year in the books

LearnZillion Going After District Curriculum Business, Aims to Compete With Big Publishers

LearnZillion Releasing Highest-Rated Illustrative Mathematics Curriculum

Curriculum, Defaults, and Equity

“By changing the curriculum, you could, in a very short period of time, dramatically change the kind of daily experiences students were having.”

Is a Spotify approach the future of curriculum?

Marketplace Challenge: Offering Ed-Tech PD That Works, and That Educators Want

LearnZillion moved to a “curriculum-as-a-service” model, where the professional development is a blended model that supports using the curricular materials well. It can be in-person and online, but “instead of teaching about the philosophy of productive struggle and task-based instruction and the pedagogical moves that go with it, in essence all those things are embedded,” Westendorf said.

Nowhere is tech more important than in curriculum—here’s why

Rather than thinking of curriculum as a physical thing, Evergreen is flipping the script by using curricular resources as a tool that works with their technological investments to better meet the needs of their teachers and students, and ensures coherent, quality instruction across their district.

Louisiana Threads the Needle on Ed Reform


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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. To date, over 500 educators have been a part of the Dream Team.

The result is the world's first curriculum-as-a-service offering, combining digital curricular materials, an enterprise platform, and professional services to empower districts and states to take ownership of their curricula and provide their teachers with the best tools to make engaged learning possible.

Eric Westendorf

CEO and Co-Founder

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Alix Guerrier

President and Co-Founder

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