Introducing Along: a Tool for Teachers to Help Students Feel Seen and Known

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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.
Sandra Liu Huang

We stand with a growing community of partners working to equip teachers with the research, tools, and partners they need to center students’ well-being in support of academic achievement and success. At our core we are builders.

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 define equity in the context of education to mean the availability of meaningful learning experiences for all children, regardless of race, identity, zip code, or access to wealth. We believe in an education system that gives every student exactly what they need to thrive inside the classroom and beyond.

To transform K-12 education, educators, community leaders, and families must work together to develop learning experiences where all students feel seen, heard, and valued. We must expand the definition of student success to include students’ overall well-being and center the voices of all educators and students— particularly students who have been historically underserved — whenever decisions are being made. If we and our partners are successful, we will manifest a future in education that unlocks the full potential of every child, no matter who they are or where they live.

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Our Approach
Building Research

We build up research on student learning and human development, and its translation into classroom practice.

  • We seek to identify, build and support teaching practices and school cultures that are grounded in whole child principles i.e. they center a student’s well-being in support of academic development and success.
  • We seek to measure student well-being and the school environments that support it, so schools can track progress. That is, we’re trying to help educators understand what’s working in schools where students are thriving.
Building Technology

We build tools that help teachers center students’ well-being in support of academic achievement and success.

  • We use research on the science of student learning and human development to design tools that help teachers connect with students and tailor learning experiences to individual student needs.
  • In partnership with educators at Gradient Learning, we support Summit Learning and Along, which are available for free to educators in the U.S.
Building Partnerships

We build partnerships to create momentum for systems change.

  • We bring together students, teachers, researchers, and communities who are reimagining education and advancing a whole child approach to education – one that takes into account not only a student’s academic success but their overall well-being.
  • We are focused on supporting innovation within school systems, student support and advocacy programs, and community organizations.
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
Raymonde Charles Vice President of Communications, Education & Ventures
Margaux Eng DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING, LEARNING PLATFORM
Gian Gonzaga DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENCE, EDUCATION
Jared Joiner Director, Educational Practice
Prateek Kotak VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION
Kari Lee Director, Engineering
Gabriela López Director, Research To Practice
Seth Olshfski DIRECTOR, PRODUCT DESIGN, EDUCATION
Brooke Stafford-Brizard Vice President, Research To Practice
Kristin Vincent DIRECTOR, DESIGN, EDUCATION
Cynthia Wong DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, EDUCATION

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