Education Technology

Using evidence-based practices from the fields of learning science and human development, we partner with leading researchers and educators to build tools that help teachers differentiate learning experiences for every student.


We provide support to Gradient Learning to build tools for educators and students. CZI’s partnership with Gradient Learning is threefold:

  • Experts in learning science and human development at CZI work closely with staff at Gradient Learning to ensure the educational approach and resources are supported by the latest research.
  • CZI’s technology team leads the ongoing development and improvement of the Summit Learning Platform and Along, working as a technical service provider to ensure the tools support teacher and student needs.
  • CZI provides grants to Gradient Learning to help them provide both the Summit Learning program and Along for free to schools across America

Chau Vu, Education Technology, prepping at CZI for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.
September 21, 2018 | Chau Vu, Education Technology, prepping at CZI for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Photograph by An Rong Xu
September 21, 2018 | Chau Vu, Education Technology, prepping at CZI for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. Photograph by An Rong Xu

Summit Learning

Our technology team builds tools that help Summit Learning teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student. This includes dashboards that provide grade-level and subject matter reports on academic progress, as well as a collaborative hub where teachers and specialists can connect on student support needs. Learn more about Summit Learning here.

Along

Currently in an early pilot phase, we’re also building Along --- an interactive video journal that makes it easier for teachers to help students reflect and grow throughout the year, forging strong relationships whether they’re back in the classroom or learning remotely. This free tool makes it easier for teachers to help students develop life skills–like attachment, motivation and stress management–to support their overall well-being and bolster academic achievement. It is our hope to continue to work with teachers and researchers to get feedback on the tool, ultimately helping more teachers across the country meet the needs of the whole child. Learn more about the product here and the research here.

Building the best learning experience – for every kid

Our funding model allows us to put the student’s experience above all else and not be constrained by market pressures. We want to help transform classrooms so that every student gets the individualized support they need. We partner with learning scientists, human development experts, and educators to build a product that will work for all students and teachers across a wide range of skill levels, readiness, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Continuously improving with evidence

We believe in a data-driven approach to building products and research based on human development and learning science. Every team includes educators, learning scientists, and data scientists to evaluate the impact of our products.

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Preparing students for life beyond school

We believe that students need to learn more in school than what is measured on standardized tests. Our tools help students set and track progress towards short- and long-term goals, make plans, demonstrate mastery when ready, and reflect on their learning with mentors. Through projects, students work with their teachers to apply knowledge, concepts, and skills to real-world scenarios they’ll encounter in life after school.

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Empowering teachers

We work with the Summit Learning Program to build tools that allow teachers to customize instruction to meet each of their student’s individual needs and develop deeper relationships with their students. With the relevant data and resources, teachers can provide specific, actionable, and timely feedback that helps students grow. Our tools also support training and ongoing professional development for teachers to support them in the transition away from an approach largely centered on whole-classroom lectures.

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Investing in privacy and security

We care deeply about privacy and security and build such considerations into our product development process from the beginning. If you’re interested in learning more, take a look at our Education Privacy Principles.

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