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

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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.

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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.

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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 reinvent 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 education software company that serves as the best delivery of the highest-quality curricula. In order for districts to successfully implement the highest-rated, open curriculum, they need more than just workbooks. With LearnZillion, districts empower teachers to spend less time building student-facing materials from scratch and more time strategizing to meet their student's needs. High-quality curriculum no longer requires weeks of prep.

Eric Westendorf

CEO and Co-Founder

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