The Innovation: Learning Platform of Common Core Lessons
LearnZillion’s digital Math and English Language Arts lessons help teachers and school systems make the transition to the Common Core State Standards. Its Dream Team, an annually selected group of U.S. educators from district, charter, and private schools, build the lessons directly from the CCSS.
Teachers don’t need to reinvent the wheel to address the new standards’ core concepts; instead they can modify and adapt LearnZillion lessons.
Each lesson includes a short video that highlights the Common Core standard and captures pedagogical content knowledge developed by effective teachers. The lessons reside on a platform that helps teachers plan instruction, assign lessons directly to students, and track student mastery.
Some schools also use LearnZillion as a professional development tool and a strategy for personalizing instruction during class time.
Results Achieved: Hundreds of thousands of teachers use LearnZillion’s resources:
- Over registered 600,000 teachers
- 200,000 unique weekly users
- 750,000 unique monthly users
- 32% monthly retention rate
LearnZillion determines the effectiveness of each lesson using student assessment data collected at the end of that lesson.
Long-term Goal: To support teachers and parents in meeting the needs of their students through curriculum reinvention and professional development.
LearnZillion believes curriculum ought to be free and open. School districts should focus their energy and funding on bringing that curriculum to life through professional development, reporting, and customization that wraps around the free curriculum.
The Grant Project:
LearnZillion, Inc. received an NGLC grant in June 2011.
NGLC funding helped LearnZillion to evolve from a prototype into a resource of thousands of high quality lessons, an active community of Dream Team teachers across the country, a staff of 30, and over 600,000 registered teachers on the site.
LearnZillion plans to become a Tier 1 curriculum based on the Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET) rubric for Math, grades K-8.