MATH IS THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL REASONING
COURSE WE EACH GET.
K-8 Math teaches us to take a problem, break it down, solve smaller problems, and then put the parts back together into a cohesive answer. Put another way, a math education teaches fundamental reasoning. Reasoning that every person needs, every day.
TODAY, NOT ALL CHILDREN RECEIVE THIS CRITICAL
REASONING EDUCATION. HERE IS WHY.
Math is largely taught as disconnected procedures rather than reasoning.
Children are often taught to use a procedural algorithm in isolation rather than also taking a step back, looking at the entire problem, breaking it apart, and solving through reasoning. Algorithms and tricks can be wonderful short-cuts as long as we deeply understand what is happening beyond the procedure.
Teachers and students don't have the tools they need to personalize teaching and learning.
Teaching usually requires presenting the exact same lesson to thirty kids, every day. In this 1:30 format, some students are learning exactly what they need, some are anxious because the content is too far ahead, and some are bored because the content is too far behind. Every day, teachers and students must endure this delivery model.
Our society has come to believe a myth: math proficiency is based on fixed innate ability.
We have come to believe that only a small percentage of us are “math people,” that the rest of us are doomed to be anxious about math, use it reluctantly, and avoid a life connected to math and reasoning. Children come to learn that making a mistake means that they aren’t “good” at math, rather than an important part of learning.
If you are really lucky, the barriers listed above don't apply.
Some lucky students get the best reasoning education: one that teaches number sense rather than only procedure, one where teachers have the tools they need to personalize learning, and one that builds a mindset where children believe they can eventually learn anything. Limiting access to a lucky few is not equitable, fair, or good for our society, and our collective hopes and ambitions.
WE DESIGNED ZEARN TO FIX K-8 MATH EDUCATION,
TO PARTNER WITH TEACHERS, SO THAT ALL KIDS
LEARN AND LOVE MATH.
We created Zearn Math to fix math education for all kids. We do this by offering an internationally-normed, rigorous curriculum that combines personalized digital lessons with daily targeted small group instruction so that every teacher can reach every student, every day.
Zearn Math is the most rigorous math content available, teaching big, connected math ideas.
Zearn Math is based on Eureka Math / Engage NY, the most highly-rated and widely-used curriculum available. Zearn is the only ed-tech learning experience that is based on a top-tier curriculum, and was recently recognized by the Gates Foundation as the only digital standards-aligned curriculum available. With 100-140 lessons per grade, Zearn has four times the content of other digital math programs. Zearn Lessons are designed to teach math concepts as connected ideas, building deep understanding.
Zearn Math is personalized instruction for every student.
Zearn Math has two equally important parts. During Independent Zearn Time students learn and practice at their own pace, with engaging Zearn Digital Lessons that provide precise feedback at the exact moment of misconception. Daily Small Group Instruction led by teachers deepens, remediates and extends learning with the help of Zearn Materials.
Zearn Math is built so children come to know they are competent learners.
Zearn is designed to teach children that making mistakes is a critical part of the learning process and that with effort, they can learn anything. When a student struggles with a concept on Zearn, they work through personalized remediation paths that provide precise feedback and opportunities to try again. Students also learn multiple strategies to solve a problem, building math confidence.
Every decision we make at Zearn supports equity.
Zearn is a nonprofit with a model that ensures Zearn Math is accessible to all. From a technology standpoint, Zearn Math is web-based and available to anyone with an internet connection. From a cost perspective, Zearn has a sustainable model that ensures Zearn Math is for free for teachers and families, while charging schools for what they need to make the most of Zearn including Professional Development, School Accounts, and printed materials, such as Zearn Workbooks.
WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN.
AND, WITH TEACHERS GUIDING US
WE ARE OFF TO A STRONG START.
We started our pilot year with a goal of 10,000 students using Zearn. We strongly believe in feedback and iteration, and wanted to hear from teachers and their students on how we could improve. We were thrilled - and honored - that teachers started to share Zearn with other teachers, and very quickly we grew from 10,000 to 400,000 students and teachers using Zearn.
We are seeing promising early academic results that show that student growth accelerates with Zearn's comprehensive, two-part approach. For example, in a high-poverty Wisconsin school system, students who used Zearn - both digital lessons and small group instruction - grew 1.2 grade levels on the Winter Measures of Academic Performance assessment (MAP). The year before they used Zearn they were on-track for 0.95 years of growth.
Students have completed millions of lessons on Zearn, which also gives us rich aggregate exit ticket and usage data to improve our content. Our team is obsessively focused on creating the best math learning experience, and we use data science, teacher and student feedback, and product insights to make Zearn Math better each day. Zearn Math is the first curriculum ever published that is not static; we are a dynamic learning experience.
TOGETHER, WE CAN CREATE NUMERACY FOR ALL.
We built Zearn to partner with teachers so that every child can learn and love math. Join 400,000 students and teachers in 20,000 classrooms across the country and let’s solve math together.