K - 8 MATH IS A FUNDAMENTAL REASONING COURSE.
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 COURSE.
Math is largely taught as disconnected procedures rather than reasoning.
Children are often taught to use a procedure or trick rather than taking a step back, looking at the entire problem, understanding the question, breaking it apart, and solving through reasoning. Procedures and tricks can be wonderful short-cuts as long as we deeply understand what is happening.
Teachers and students don't have the tools they need to personalize teaching and learning.
In many classrooms, one teacher is responsible for teaching 30 different learners each day. In this 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 that makes it difficult to meet the needs of every learner.
Our society has come to believe a myth: math proficiency is based on fixed innate ability.
Some 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. Children come to learn that being good at math is about being perfect and making a mistake means that they aren’t “good” at math, rather than mistakes being part of the process 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 are confident learners. Limiting access to a lucky few is not equitable, fair, or good for our society, and our collective hopes and ambitions.
WE BUILT ZEARN MATH SO ALL KIDS LEARN AND LOVE MATH.
We created Zearn Math so all kids can learn and love math. We do this by offering an internationally-normed, rigorous curriculum that personalizes math learning and math teaching.
Zearn Math is a rigorous math curriculum that teaches math as 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 rated a Tier 1 curricular resource by the Louisiana Department of Education. Zearn digital lessons and small group instruction materials are designed to teach math concepts as connected ideas, building deep understanding.
Zearn Math is a personalized curriculum for every student.
With Zearn Math, students learn new concepts in two ways: through Independent Digital Lessons and Small Group Instruction with their teacher. While working through Digital Lessons, students learn a new concept at their own pace through fluency, guided practice, and independent practice. This learning is balanced by small group instruction with their teacher; teachers teach the same lesson they would have taught to the whole group, but in a small group they are more able to deeply engage with each student and better meet the range of learners in their classroom. By learning in these two formats daily, every student receives personalized instruction.
Zearn Math is built so children come to know they are competent learners.
Zearn Math 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 in a Zearn digital lesson, they work through personalized remediation paths that provide precise feedback and opportunities to try again. During small group instruction, teachers lead rigorous math discussions around each day’s lesson, and are able to provide supportive feedback to reach and challenge each student. Through this combination of Independent Digital Lessons and Small Group Instruction, students practice and develop their math reasoning, learn multiple strategies to solve a problem, and build their 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 supporting schools and districts with Zearn for Schools products, including School Accounts, Professional Development, and Printed Classroom Materials.
WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN.
Today, Zearn’s K-5 curriculum is used by over 1,500,000 educators and students across the country. But, that is only the beginning. 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 that improves as we continue to learn from our partners.
We are also seeing promising academic results in classrooms that teach with Zearn Math. For example, in a high-poverty Wisconsin school system, students who learned with Zearn Math- both independent digital lessons and small group instruction - grew 1.27 to 1.55 grade levels on the Spring Measures of Academic Performance assessment (MAP). Here’s Part 1 from that amazing Wisconsin story . We are excited to share as many more stories to support teachers, administrators and students as they implement Zearn Math.
JOIN US. TOGETHER, WE CAN CREATE NUMERACY FOR ALL.
We built Zearn because we believe that every child can learn and love math. We know you do too. And, in our seemingly discrete work, we will transform the world by cultivating a generation of children who are confident learners, who can reason and think critically and who have the underlying capabilities to solve the hardest and most important problems we all face. We describe this transformation as Numeracy for All. Join us. Together, we can create Numeracy for All.