We Build Enabling

We bring together educators, researchers, and product developers to build tools for educators that enable them to better engage students and meet the learning and development needs of all students. We 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.

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.

Read the Summit Learning blog.

Along is a Teacher-Student Connection Builder that builds meaningful connections between teachers and their students so that every student feels seen and known. Built in response to educators’ needs, and with the support of researchers and practitioners, Along lets teachers and students check-in one-on-one via quick videos, audio or text messages, enabling students to open up about who they are and what’s really on their mind, away from the pressures of their peers.

Read the Along blog.

Gradient Learning

CZI partners with Gradient Learning, a national education nonprofit, in three ways:

  • 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.

Impact Investing

CZI invests globally in innovative companies that are developing transformative and scalable solutions to the issues at the heart of our mission. We make venture investments with the expectation that these will be successful as companies, so they can scale the high quality solutions and innovation to have as much impact as possible. The education technology companies in our Ventures portfolio now serve millions of students across the US, India, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Several have been recognized by GSV as being transformational growth companies in digital learning, including: Age of Learning, Andela, BYJU’S, Brightwheel, Descomplica, Emeritus, Handshake, Lovevery, Newsela, OpenClassrooms and Panorama. In addition, BYJU’S was named one of the 2021 Time100 Most Influential Companies.

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CZI is committed to bringing together diverse voices and diverse perspectives. It’s at the heart of what we do. There’s also a real sense of belonging that’s cultivated here.