VANCOUVER, Wash., Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, LearnZillion announced its partnership with Evergreen Public Schools to further enhance the district's multi-year investment in technology. Starting this fall, the partnership will support the district, teachers and its 27,000 students by providing access to digital curriculum through LearnZillion's Curriculum-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform.
Evergreen's unique curriculum was developed by teachers and district leaders in partnership with LearnZillion, and will also live and be distributed on LearnZillion's CaaS platform. CaaS will seamlessly integrate with the district's other technological investments, creating one comprehensive curriculum that will be used by elementary students and teachers throughout the district. The goal is to provide adaptive and dynamic curricular resources that allow students to access learning tools that meet their individual needs, and support teachers in designing experiences to engage them in that learning.
"Providing a consistent, high-quality curriculum is, at its core, all about equity," said Eric Westendorf, CEO and co-founder of LearnZillion. "In working with Evergreen, we're helping to ensure that every student across the district has an equal education – and therefore, equal opportunities. When teachers are provided with a district-curated curriculum and additional support, they can truly put their focus on each of their student's needs."
LearnZillion's CaaS solution addresses challenges for both the district and teachers. For one, it allows the district to create, track and provide consistent support among all schools within the district. Second, it minimizes teacher time spent searching the web for lesson plans by giving all teachers equal access to high-quality content. CaaS will support the district, teachers, students and all of the moving parts that make up a 21st century classroom, allowing more time for student-teacher connection and fostering a more engaging and personalized learning experience.
"We started down the digital path three years ago with the intention of providing one-to-one devices for kids," said Chris McMurray, Assistant Superintendent at Evergreen Public Schools. "As we started thinking very carefully about how to make this investment valuable for our students, we refined our resource focus to supporting foundations of effective instructional design that align with our philosophy of personalized teaching and learning. With LearnZillion, our teachers have access to a high-quality digital curricular resource which helps them respond to the needs of each of their students, and gives kids the tools they need to engage and grow."
Teachers spend hours prepping for the classroom. With LearnZillion's curriculum available on the cloud, time previously spent searching and creating classroom material can now be used to personalize lessons for students. CaaS will help guide instruction and assess progress in the classroom while ensuring equal understanding and shared knowledge across all schools in the district.
"Having a district-wide curricular resource based on standards of excellence will align well with our schools," adds Tawny Malone, Elementary Math Curriculum Specialist at Evergreen Public Schools. "I'm looking forward to this CaaS implementation, but moreso excited to track how our students engage with the curriculum."
About LearnZillion: LearnZillion combines the expertise of teachers with the power of technology to provide the curriculum and support needed to engage every student. As the first K-12 Curriculum-as-a-Service (CaaS) company, LearnZillion is changing the paradigm of curriculum from a static product to an adaptable, cloud-based service. LearnZillion's model equips school districts and their teachers with dynamic, easy-to-use content and software that support high-quality instruction. To learn more, visit www.learnzillion.com.
About Evergreen Public Schools: Evergreen Public Schools, located in Vancouver, WA, serves 27,000 students and families through an explicit focus on equity, access and personalized learning. As part of the curricular set provided to students, 1:1 devices and digital resources support student agency, problem-based learning, and personalized learning experiences. To learn more, visit http://www.evergreenps.org/.