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chan zuckerberg initiative
August 22, 2019
Summit Learning reports highlight big ambitions for personalized learning, struggles to prove academic success
Leaders behind the Summit Learning technology platform and curriculum once set a goal that it be used in half of U.S. public schools by 2025. Now, growth has slowed.
April 1, 2019
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has made over $100 million in education grants since 2018, new disclosure shows
The list of grants represents CZI’s first thorough accounting of its education giving, indicating that the organization remains one of the largest education philanthropy
where's the research
January 17, 2019
Summit Learning declined to be studied, then cited collaboration with Harvard researchers anyway
Summit Learning, a personalized learning system, touts a partnership with Harvard researchers even though Summit actually turned down their proposal to study the model.
boom and backlash
December 19, 2018
Could the forces that fought the Common Core bring down personalized learning?
Major funders and the federal education department are promoting the idea. Teachers are wary. Parents are perplexed. Criticism is coming from both the political left…
comings and goings
Updated December 18, 2018
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has a new education leader
Sandra Liu Huang now holds one of the most influential jobs in education.
September 28, 2018
What happens when you pay students to get ready for college? One state is about to find out, with help from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
CZI is helping Rhode Island try out the strategy, aimed at high-scoring students from low-income families in the state.
By the numbers
September 6, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg’s education giving so far has topped $300 million. Here’s a list of where it’s going
What we collected includes over 50 groups and about $137 million of the $308 million CZI says it has donated to education-related causes.
Show me the money
Updated September 10, 2018
Lifting the veil on education’s newest big donor: Inside Chan Zuckerberg’s $300 million push to reshape schools
The new numbers offer hints about how broadly CZI may try to extend its influence, as Zuckerberg’s billions position the organization to become even more powerful.
behind the scenes
August 22, 2018
How Newark’s former schools chief used a ‘victory lap’ and privately paid consultants to cement his legacy
Former Newark Superintendent Chris Cerf's administration used private money to tout their policies and manage the district's transition back to local control.
June 6, 2018
Here’s how Nashville, Memphis school groups will spend $150,000 grants
Metro Nashville Public Schools and the dropout prevention organization Communities In Schools of Memphis have won planning grants of $150,000 each. Recipients are…
April 13, 2018
Don’t just talk about tech: How ‘personalized learning’ advocates are honing their messaging
Don’t call schools outdated and don’t focus on technology. That’s some of the advice advocates of “personalized learning” offer in a recent messaging document .
February 28, 2018
‘Personalized learning’ comes to teacher training, bringing big ambitions and big questions
A well-funded new teacher preparation program, which emphasizes getting teacher to master certain skills, may influence teacher education in the years ahead.
Behind the numbers
January 29, 2018
Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today
A close look at the 1984 study often cited by personalized learning supporters raises questions about its relevance to modern education debates.
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