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 a 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 an education software company that serves as the best delivery of the highest-quality curricula. Districts need more than just workbooks to successfully implement the highest-rated, open curriculum. LearnZillion empowers 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.See more