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The Family Math initiative is a national collective of organizations that support children and families to strengthen their math awareness and skills in the context of family relationships, the community, and everyday life. The project recognizes the power of families as catalysts of their children’s learning. As an early funder of this work, we’ve played key roles in developing and funding pilot programs that aim to increase early math confidence. Learn more about this initiative and our collaboration with Heising-Simons, Bill and Melinda Gates, and McCormick Foundations.
Saga’s in-person math tutoring model was effective, but its high cost was prohibitive to scale. We supported Saga in implementing and validating a blended-learning version of its model, incorporating technology alongside in-person tutoring. Analysis of early findings from the two-year randomized controlled trial suggest gains in the blended-learning model are comparable to gains in the traditional model: an average of one to two and a half extra years of learning a year. But the cost per student is much lower, and the blended learning approach made it possible for Saga to quickly expand virtual tutoring in light of COVID-19.
Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture
Rigorous analysis from three school districts showed that, on average, when lower-performing educators were placed on teams led by high-performing Opportunity Culture educators, those who previously performed at the 50th percentile produced student learning gains equivalent to teachers in the top quartile in math and nearly that in reading. With strong evidence of impact, we provided funding to Opportunity Culture to continue scaling their program to 430+ schools.
Founded to help teachers connect with under-resourced and non-English speaking families, TalkingPoints uses human and AI-powered, two-way translated communication to deliver personalized content directly to parents. With the help of our funding, TalkingPoints expanded its reach more than 6x, connecting 3+ million teachers and families and enabling 100 million conversations in 100 languages. Early data shows that 89% of families are more informed about what is happening at school, and 88% of teachers saw positive outcomes on student attendance, behavior, and engagement.
Zearn, the creator of Zearn Math, an evidence-based math program used by 1 in 4 elementary school students in the U.S., saw an immediate surge in educator, parent, and student demand once schools shut down due to COVID-19. In the first week of remote learning, sign-ups for Zearn’s free instructional materials–including 400+ hours of dynamic digital lessons–increased 1,000%, with over 70% coming from students in Title I eligible schools. Our funding helps Zearn, which serves 32% of the Black K-5 children in the country and 26% of the Hispanic children, meet the increased demand.
Creating strong foundations for early learning.
Empowering teachers to unlock students’ excitement for learning.
Supporting student-centered learning solutions.
Inspiring young minds through out-of-school STEM.