The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is committed to ensuring that demographics are not predictive of student outcomes and every child enters adulthood with the knowledge, skills, habits, and agency they need to realize their full potential. For more than five years, we have partnered with organizations across the country that are integrating the science of learning and development into the classroom. We are proud to highlight the resources and tools developed by our partners for educators, families, policymakers, and researchers.
The organizations that produced these resources are owners of the intellectual properties and maintain their editorial control. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a proud partner of funders across the country in supporting the development of these resources.
2Revolutions developed Learn Next, a free toolbox of resources designed to support professional learning, including 30 courses, learning progressions, and seven playlists with resources to build skills, knowledge, and dispositions.
The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4ED)
The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4ED) and the Columbia University National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools & Teaching created resources to implement student-centered instructional approaches, including guides around key strategies such as personalized professional learning and data and privacy. All4Ed also published an interactive report in partnership with the National Urban League, Unidos US, and the National Indian Education Association exploring how the digital divide also creates a homework gap for students of color.
The Aspen Institute's Education & Society Program
The Aspen Institute’s Education & Society Program published interviews and essays with political and educational leaders about the legacy of the 1989 Education Summit. The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development also published a brief about how emotions and social relationships drive brain development for learning.
ASSISTments developed a free online math resource that allows teachers to give feedback to students more quickly using a wide library of curricula, textbooks, and custom problem sets.
The Aurora Institute
The Aurora Institute published a report with recommendations on how education policy can support and align with the science of learning and development.
Bellwether Education Partners
Bellwether Education Partners developed profiles of 10 schools across the country who are connecting research to practice by building school environments that reflect holistic development grounded in learning and developmental science.
Big Picture Learning
Big Picture Learning developed the ImBlaze app to provide schools with a platform for curating internship opportunities for students. Through the app, schools can track student attendance, progress, and success in their internship programs.
Bonds of Union
Bonds of Union shared a video about the impact of the Ascend program on students’ academic achievement and social emotional learning. The Ascend Program features individualized math instruction for students directly with Learning Coaches.
The Braven Accelerator
The Braven Accelerator created a video following the journey of Braven fellow Crystal Cardenas as she navigated the path from college to a strong first job alongside her Braven leadership coach and peers.
Camelback Ventures curated racial equity resources in philanthropy from multiple perspectives, including explorations of privilege, personal practice, and becoming an anti-racist organization.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University published a report exploring how edtech can be used effectively to measure factors outside of a targeted subject area, with implications of how it could better address whole child learning needs.
CASEL created two free platforms on social and emotional learning (SEL) implementation and guidance to make SEL an integral part of every student’s education. The Guide to Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning leads school-based teams through a process for school-wide SEL implementation. The District Resource Center helps school districts with guidance and resources on district-wide SEL implementation.
Catalyst:ed and The Learning Accelerator developed a platform for education leaders to find vetted consultants who can be matched with schools to help advance personalized learning.
The Center For Education Markets
The Center for Education Markets has prepared a report on evidence-informed procurement, which includes research, profiles of key organizations working to change the procurement process, and implications for the field.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine created a series of webinars about stress reduction, collective trauma, mindfulness, and more.
The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) at St. Andrew's
Chiefs for Change
Chiefs for Change, a nonprofit, bipartisan network of diverse state and district education chiefs, released research-based recommendations for the return to school, a report on improving gender equity for women leaders, and recommendations to close the digital divide to help prepare all students for the future.
Clayton Christensen Institute published a report examining how eight schools have adopted blended learning and innovative staffing arrangements to develop more effective personalized instruction for students.
Digital Promise and Menlo EDU completed an evaluation of Cignition, an online elementary math tutoring program. They also created a measurement approach to indicate a student’s mathematical ability in order to transfer existing knowledge to future, more advanced mathematics topics.
Codman Academy Charter Public School
Codman Academy Charter Public School developed a video showcasing its partnership with the Codman Square Health Center and its efforts to support the needs of the whole child.
Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools is a member of the Together for Students Initiative, along with the Institute or Educational Leadership’s Coalition for Community Schools and Strive Together, which collaboratively published Together for Students: Five Key Lessons from Our Collective Impact Initiative, as well as a presentation given at Strive Together’s Convening.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) developed a guide for remote teaching and learning, recommendations for working with English Language learners during the pandemic, a blueprint for state leaders on home digital access data collection, and with WestEd, a guide for well-being and connection in the age of COVID-19.
The Data Quality Campaign
The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) developed case studies on how to use data to make personalized learning work in schools, how data linkages enable individual support and shared successes, and how to empower families in building a school report card. DQC also developed a short video series on how data can empower communities with the information they need to ensure education investments are working.
Diversity Talks developed a framework and assessment that evaluates the cultural competence of educators to improve academic and non-academic outcomes for Black and Latinx students. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization also developed a remote learning toolkit. In collaboration with PR(iSM) Resistance Coalition, Diversity Talks created an anti-racism toolkit as part of a larger anti-racism training.
The EdTech Evidence Exchange
The EdTech Evidence Exchange prepared a report sharing findings on educators’ access to and use of research and launched the EdTech Genome Project, which is researching why edtech tools work differently in different contexts.
Educating All Learners
Educating All Learners™ Alliance developed a resource hub to support student learning and instruction, particularly those with special needs during remote learning.
Education Commission of the States
Education Reform Now
Education Reform Now interviewed three education thought leaders and practitioners about the evolving definition of personalized learning, common misconceptions, and the next generation of assessments and accountability.
EducationSuperHighway released its final State of the States report, which announces the completion of its mission to close the K-12 classroom connectivity gap.
The Education Trust
The Education Trust published a report that lifts the voices of students and families of color and advocates for social, emotional, and academic development with an equity lens. They also developed a guide to provide decision makers with common language and practices to help address the needs of girls of color.
Edutopia explores how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners in this video series.
EL Education developed curriculum modules designed to support language arts in grades 6–8 from the perspective of content-based literacy instruction.
Equal Opportunity Schools
Equal Opportunity Schools, in partnership with The Education Trust, published Finding America’s Missing AP and IB Students to highlight ways to close the opportunity gap. These organizations also created an Action for Equity framework designed to build equity in rigorous course offerings by addressing adult mindsets and assumptions.
The Equity Lab created a set of behavioral agreements and expectations that can help guide racial equity conversations.
ExcelinEd shared a resource hub, including policy briefs that provide insight into the frequent challenges facing the education landscape with practical state-level solutions.
The Funders for Adolescent Science Translation
The Funders for Adolescent Science Translation helped start the Center for the Developing Adolescent and with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, developed a report, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth.
GripTape shared a framework and guide for developing learner agency in students and how to help shift conventions within pedagogy.
Health Leads created a resource hub and training guide for volunteers, advocates, and others on how they can respond to the impact of COVID-19. They also collaborated with 2-1-1 San Diego to create a standard measurement tool for practitioners and collaborators in a Community Information Exchange.
High Resolves created a digital platform for educators to integrate learning science into citizenship education, as well as two reports about how a new system for measurements and assessments can meet the needs of learners: Putting Learning Science at Everyone’s Fingertips and The Future of Assessment.
Illustrative Mathematics developed a free and comprehensive mathematics curriculum aligned to state standards for grades K–5.
The Impact Genome Project
The Impact Genome Project created a Component Explorer for educators to discover evidence-based strategies or components of programs and interventions that are relevant to their own work. They also created an Instrument Explorer, which allows users to explore tools used in research literature to measure specific K–12 academic achievement outcomes.
Innovate Public Schools
Innovate Public Schools published a how-to guide, A Parent’s Guide to Supporting the Whole Child in Schools, which is available in both English and Spanish.
ISTE created Course of Mind, an online course and podcast series helping teachers make instruction more efficient, effective, and inclusive through learning science and edtech. ISTE also collaborated with multiple organizations to create Learning Keeps Going, a curated list of free tools and other resources for remote learning.
Latinos for Education
Latinos for Education developed resources to help educators and families understand the needs of Latino families and students, including ideas on how educators can close the opportunity gap, especially during COVID-19.
Leading Educators created Teaching for Equity, a hands-on framework for educators that bridges the gap between whole child, social emotional learning, and equitable teaching.
The Learning Accelerator
The Learning Accelerator developed resources on blended and personalized learning, including a DEI toolkit for remote environments, a framework for innovative initiatives, and a a review of the research of the effectiveness of online learning for teachers.
Yet Analytics and The Learning Accelerator created Learning Commons, a hub of curated professional learning resources. Leaders can connect groups of learners and share resources based on personalized, competency-based learning goals.
Learning Heroes published two reports about parent engagement in education: Improving Public Education: Parents As Change Agents and The Case for an Accurate Picture: Parent Mindsets on Education. Learning Heroes also developed a series of “Parenting Minutes” videos for families in collaboration with WNET.
The Learning Policy Institute
The Learning Policy Institute created key lessons in the sciences of learning and development from their case study, Educating the Whole Child: Improving School Climate to Promote Student Success.
LearnLaunch, Inc. created an online planning framework for education leaders called Building Blocks, featuring 10 instructional elements that are key to achieving equitable, high-quality remote teaching and learning.
LearnPlatform developed a framework for schools to identify their edtech effectiveness, evaluate and select edtech, and make improvements to successfully implement these programs in classrooms.
LiftEd developed a cloud-based app that integrates individualized education programs (IEPs) for educators to use in daily instruction, intervention, and support practices for unique learners.
Mathematica created a free online platform that helps educators create research studies in their schools or district, as well as a guide to understanding types of evidence.
Momentous Institute developed a collaborative guide for teachers and school support staff that outlines a process for teachers to support students who are struggling socially, emotionally, behaviorally, or academically.
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Council of State Education Attorneys (NCSEA), National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) affiliate organization of state education attorneys, created a guidance document to help state-level policymakers deepen their understanding of FERPA and to identify the types of student data disclosures they can lawfully approve without FERPA-required consent.
New Classrooms’ report explains how adjusting assessment and accountability policies can close learning gaps in math and how to implement a comprehensive middle school program to address learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Opportunity Institute
The Opportunity Institute developed a set of resources for families, students, and community members to advocate for educational equity under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Populace created the Success Index, a first-of-its-kind study examining the diversity of Americans’ perspectives on success.
PowerMyLearning wrote a report about advancing equity through Family Playlists, a form of digital homework where students can better understand concepts taught in class by teaching their family members using hands-on activities. PowerMyLearning also developed a guide for teachers to support child development.
Project Equip brings together teachers, school leaders, research practitioners, and digital learning developers to integrate adaptive tutoring technology and rigorous teacher training aimed at closing achievement gaps in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. It is a collaboration between the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), OpenStax, and Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Project Evident partnered with Horizons National to discuss strong data collection practices during COVID-19. Project Evident also developed a resource to guide state and local education agencies to create strategic budgets and a set of recommended actions for federal policymakers and administrators to better meet the needs of their communities in the wake of the pandemic.
Promise 54 produced a report based on a study of racial and ethnic diversity of the education workforce; the diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices that leaders have put into place; and the effectiveness of these practices.
Quill‘s Teacher Center developed guidance for educators on how to successfully implement Quill Learning Tools in the classroom to help students become stronger writers.
Results for America
Results for America developed guidance to state education agencies on how to leverage evidence provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act and identify promising practices to improve student outcomes.
Saga Education‘s blended learning video explains how the Saga Approach uses technology and relationships to improve the efficacy of high dosage tutoring.
Science of Learning and Development Alliance
Science of Learning and Development Alliance developed a framework for designing schools based on what is known from science on how children and adolescents learn and develop, as well as three reports: Science of Learning and Development: A Synthesis, Malleability, Plasticity, and Individuality: How Children Learn and Develop in Context, and Drivers of Human Development: How Relationships and Context Shape Learning and Development.
SERP Institute created Word Generation, a program that teaches students to use academic language to develop an argument, reason analytically, read to find evidence, review data, discuss various perspectives, engage in debate, and express well-reasoned positions in writing. With CZI support, SERP developed a self-paced online professional development program to support Word Generation as well as a new suite of digital tools for students.
Springboard Collaborative web-app resource, Springboard Connect, assists with student reading progress in remote learning settings and provides personalized tips to improve student outcomes.
The State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
The State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) created a resource hub to support online student learning and teaching, particularly during the pandemic.
The Teacher’s Guild and School ReTool developed the Co-Designing Schools Toolkit with more than 40 activities and frameworks to aid in designing sustainable and equitable change in school communities. Educator voices are captured in video highlights from their festival, It Starts With Schools, It Starts With Us.
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute published reports to support school and district leaders’ transition to remote learning and use of high-quality curriculum: Schooling Covid-19: Lessons From Leading Charter Networks from Their Transition to Remote Learning and The Supplemental Curriculum Bazaar: Is What’s Online Any Good?
Transcend‘s Designing for Learning Resources explores insights from learning science that can inform the design of learning environments.
UCLA, Cal State L.A. and CourseKata
Researchers from UCLA and Cal State L.A. partnered to develop CourseKata, an online interactive textbook for teaching statistics and data science to college and high school students. Publications from the project include a description of this new approach for education research and development, a practical framework to guide instructional design, and a description of how they applied findings from learning science to the design of their statistics course.
University of Minnesota
Through the University of Minnesota, Michael C. Rodriguez and the Minnesota Youth Development Research Group created The Sociocultural Contexts of Learning: A Brief Literature Review, which encompasses developmental assets, relationships, belonging, resilience, and school climate.
Valor Collegiate Academy
Valor Collegiate Academy developed a documentary showcasing its comprehensive student development model, Compass.
WGBH Educational Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation created a distance learning center with resources from PBS LearningMedia, including teacher webinars about navigating white privilege and building an anti-racist classroom, teaching the history and struggle for voting rights, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.
Zearn‘s math curriculum for grades K–5 provides high-quality instructional materials that support hands-on and digital learning and provide multiple pathways and built-in differentiation to help all students understand math.