Introducing Along: a Tool Designed to Help Teachers Make Students Feel Seen and Heard

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Education unlocks opportunity and agency that can change the trajectory of a family for generations.”
Sandra Liu Huang, Head of Education & Vice President, Product, CZI.
Photograph by An Rong Xu
Sandra Liu Huang

We envision a country where demographics like race and socioeconomic status are not predictive of student outcomes, and every child enters adulthood with the knowledge, skills, habits, and agency they need to reach their full potential.

Whole Child Approach to Education logo, with six circles representing elements of Equity, Community, Environment, and Relationships (CZI).
Two boys with pencils and laptop computers work together on their Summit Learning project at Bondy Intermediate School in Pasadena, Texas (Education, CZI).
October 23, 2018 | Jose Perez and Damian Benavidez work together on their Summit Learning project at Bondy Intermediate School in Pasadena, Texas. Photograph by Elias Williams
October 23, 2018 | Jose Perez and Damian Benavidez work together on their Summit Learning project at Bondy Intermediate School in Pasadena, Texas. Photograph by Elias Williams
A teacher and her young students with arms around each other in their weekly Circle practice, at Valor Flagship Academy in Nashville (Education, CZI).
September 19, 2018 | Ms. Tricia Berry’s students come together to close out their weekly Circle practice at Valor Flagship Academy in Nashville, TN. Photograph by John Edmonds
September 19, 2018 | Ms. Tricia Berry’s students come together to close out their weekly Circle practice at Valor Flagship Academy in Nashville, TN. Photograph by John Edmonds
Six students pose together outside Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C. (Whole Child, Education, CZI).
2/2/2021 | Students pose outside Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C. | Photograph by Ann-Marie VanTassell
2/2/2021 | Students pose outside Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C. | Photograph by Ann-Marie VanTassell

An Equitable Whole Child Approach to Education

We believe in an education system grounded in racial equity that gives each student exactly what they need to be successful in school and to thrive beyond the classroom, and that meets the needs of the whole child. To do this, the K-12 education system must be transformed by: developing rigorous and inclusive learning experiences where each student feels seen, heard, and valued as part of a community; expanding the definition of student success beyond academics to include both well-being and academic achievement and; centering the voices of Black, Brown, and Indigenous students and their caregivers in decisions about how the education system can help students flourish and thrive.

Our Approach
Advance Research to Practice

Expanding the field of learning science and human development, broadening measurement of learning environments, and supporting collaborations that bring equity-driven, evidence-based solutions to the classroom.

  • Invest in innovative school practices that are grounded in research and the wisdom and experience of practitioners such as educators and clinicians
  • Support the holistic needs of educators and their capacity to meet the needs of the whole child
  • Support the pipeline of diverse talent in the measurement field and the co-creation of new measures of learning environments with communities and educators to ensure justice in education

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Build Enabling Technology

We bring together pedagogical experts, learning scientists and software product development teams to create tools for educators that enable them to better engage students and achieve whole child outcomes.

  • Partner with Gradient Learning to create learning experiences and tools like those found in Summit Learning and Along to help teachers differentiate learning experiences equitably and foster strong connections with their students
  • Expand access to educational models grounded in the science of learning and development

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Support Conditions for Change

Investing in policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and partnerships to create momentum and resources to help the education system meet the needs of the whole child and further equity.

  • Partner with families, educators, researchers, advocates, and policymakers to advance a more equitable education system that supports the whole child
  • Invest in Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders to advance racial justice in the education system
  • Support Black, Brown, and Indigenous students and their caregivers in designing educational experiences

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CZI VP of Communications, Education & Ventures Raymonde Charles presenting a grant announcement plan, with Education team member in background.
September 17, 2018 | Raymonde Charles, Communications, presenting a grant announcement plan, with Jared Joiner, Education, listening in at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu
September 17, 2018 | Raymonde Charles, Communications, presenting a grant announcement plan, with Jared Joiner, Education, listening in at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu

Meet Our Team

Hannah Kahn, Grants, Gabriela Lopez, Education, and April Chou, Education, at CZI.
September 17, 2018 | Hannah Kahn, Grants, Gabriela Lopez, Education, and Margarita Florez, Education, at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu
September 17, 2018 | Hannah Kahn, Grants, Gabriela Lopez, Education, and Margarita Florez, Education, at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu

We believe that we need to take a whole child approach to education. One that honors the humanity of every teacher and student, and takes an equitable approach to each student reaching their full potential.

Priscilla Chan, CZI Co-Founder and Co-CEO.
Priscilla Chan
Kari Lee, Education Tech, smiling at an Education All Hands meeting at CZI.
September 17, 2018 | Kari Lee, Education Tech, at an Education All Hands meeting at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu
September 17, 2018 | Kari Lee, Education Tech, at an Education All Hands meeting at CZI. Photograph by An Rong Xu

Leadership

Sandra Liu Huang Head of Education & Vice President, Product
Dakarai Aarons Director, Education Policy & Partnerships
Justin Barra Vice President, Evidence, Inclusion & Systems
Katie Berk Director, Product Management
Raymonde Charles Vice President of Communications, Education & Ventures
Gian Gonzaga Director, Data Science
Jared Joiner Director, Educational Practice
Kari Lee Director, Engineering
Gabriela López Director, Measures, Research To Practice
Brooke Stafford-Brizard Vice President, Research To Practice
Catherine Winfield Director, Product Design
Vivian Wu Managing Partner, Ventures

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