Supporting Teacher and
Student Well-being

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 to leverage technology, community-driven solutions and collaboration to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges. 

Our mission is to build an inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone.

We believe in a K-12 education system that meets the needs of the whole child.

We achieve this by partnering with researchers and educators to ensure that students are equitably prepared.

We envision a country where demographics (e.g. race and socioeconomic status) are not predictive of student outcomes and every child enters adulthood with the knowledge, skills, habits and agency they need to reach their full potential. 

To achieve this vision, CZI is committed to partnering with educators to equitably provide students with learning experiences that meet their unique academic and developmental needs as well as connect what we know from the fields of learning science and human development to classroom practice. This work includes a particular focus on:

Racial Equity and Well-being.

We will know we are successful when student outcomes are no longer correlated with race or class.

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Supporting programs and initiatives that identify, develop, and support diverse education leaders. And more imminently, we’re focused on growing opportunity gaps amplified by COVID-19. Watch our conversation at NABJ/NAHJ on designing racial equity.

Supporting Student Well-being

We are expanding the definition of student success by infusing skills for mental health and social-emotional development along with academic skills. We support techniques that help build healthy student-teacher relationships, helping a student feel seen, valued, and supported.

Center For Healthy Minds

Framework for Well-being

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Van Ness Elementary in Washington D.C. aims to cultivate critical thinkers and develop a generation of confident, curious, and compassionate members of society.

Supporting Teacher Well-being

We also support the whole development, well-being, and capacity of teachers, school leaders, and staff as part of our framework. Read the OpEd on four ways to support educator well-being by Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, CZI’s Vice President of Research to Practice.

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When teachers thrive, their students thrive. One of the ways we are working on this is by increasing access to tools and support services for educators that support their well-being.

How We Reach Our Vision

Advance Research to Practice

Build Technology

Support Conditions for Change

Advancing Research to Practice

Expanding the field of learning science, improving measurement, and supporting collaborations that bring equity-driven, evidence-based solutions to the classroom.

Technology

We build tools that help teachers differentiate learning experiences to meet the needs of every student and strengthen connections.

Our team partners with educators at Gradient Learning to create learning experiences and tools like those found in the Summit Learning Platform and Along – that meet the needs of every student and teacher.

Students develop lifelong learning habits through project-based collaboration, mentorship, and differentiated learning experiences.

Summit Learning Platform Features

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How tech helps teachers strengthen relationships with students.

Along is a free, interactive video journal that helps teachers guide their students to reflect and grow all year — whether they’re back in the classroom or learning remotely. Along brings skill-building resources and efficient communication into a dedicated space where every student can feel seen and heard.

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How tech facilitates skill-building through meaningful teacher student relationships.

Supporting Conditions for Change

Investing in policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and partnerships to create momentum and resources to help the education system meet the needs of the whole child.

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