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The grants provide high schools within the council the opportunity to use the platform at no cost to support summer school programs

BOSTON, MA / APRIL 23, 2019 — ChalkTalk announced today the introduction of a new grant program for high schools within the Council of Great City Schools. Valued at over a million dollars, the grant program provides council schools with the opportunity to use ChalkTalk in summer school courses to help students make significant improvements in their ELA and Math skills prior to the start of the upcoming school year. Schools that wish to continue using ChalkTalk have the option to extend the grant through the 2019-2020 school year.

“Based on the results we’re seeing, it’s clear that ChalkTalk can help inner city students in council schools do something pretty remarkable this summer,” said Joel Brown, Vice President at ChalkTalk. “Our customers in Boston, New York City, Phoenix, and Chicago have made huge gains with students, and we want to extend that success to more schools–to more students, particularly those who need to get caught up before fall.”

ChalkTalk provides summer school ELA and Math classes with a full curriculum that is adapted to the unique learning needs of each classroom, including:

  • Lesson plans with state standards identifiers and descriptions
  • Presentation slides with walkthrough examples for whole-group instruction
  • Collaborative learning activities for small groups
  • Individual student tasks: Personalized practice and remediation

“During the school year, schools use ChalkTalk either as a supplemental curriculum for regular ELA and Math classes, for intervention courses, or for college prep courses,” said CEO, Mohannad Arbaji, “But, summer school is a perfect fit. It includes everything the teacher need for the full course, and it’s adapted for each specific classroom.”
Unlike other blended-learning solutions which rely on self-paced learning, ChalkTalk is unique in that it’s based on the 4-step Gradual Release Model–a popular instructional model that is familiar with teachers: I do. We do. You do together. You do alone.

“We learned that most blended-learning solutions out there fail because they disrupt the way we learn best,” said Arbaji. “ChalkTalk is different because it puts the teacher at the center of everything and strengthens relationships. That’s why our engagement rate is so high. 80% of teachers who use ChalkTalk finish an astounding 90% of the lessons, and 76% of students complete at least 80% of all individual practice exercises.”

Council schools interested in participating in the grant program can register on the company’s website at chalktalk.com/grant

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ChalkTalk is a remarkable new content delivery platform that helps every teacher ‘teach amazing.’ Using fully-adaptive technology, ChalkTalk generates personalized curriculum for high school English Language Arts and Math classes that has shown to dramatically improve student learning outcomes, including state test scores, course grades, and college entrance exams.

With results showing student test score improvement up to six times the national average, this education startup is poised for rapid growth.
BOSTON, MA / MARCH 19, 2019 – ChalkTalk announced today the public launch of its new blended learning platform with the mission of helping every teacher ‘teach amazing.’ ChalkTalk is a content delivery platform that uses AI to generate instructional materials for high school English Language Arts and Math classes. The underlying technology aligns publisher content to state standards, maps the content to each school’s curriculum and schedule, then adapts content to the needs of each individual student.Results from pilot schools show significant score improvements on independent third party exams. At East Boston High School in Boston, MA, students saw an average 126-point improvement on SAT scores after 14 weeks of use. At Summit Academy in Brooklyn, NY, the average improvement in SAT scores was 112 points, and at Starkville High School in Starkville, MS, students averaged an 7-point improvement on ACT scores after just 8 weeks of use. Internationally, ChalkTalk is making waves at schools in Mexico, the Middle East, and China. ELL students at the International Academy in Amman, Jordan for example, saw an average SAT score improvement of 330 points after just 15 weeks.

“I really fell in love with the program,” said Lorenzo Di Benedetto, teacher at East Boston High School, “I liked it so much, that I enrolled my daughter who attends another school.” Cheryl Lundy Swift, Principal at Summit Academy said “It’s a one-stop shop where our teachers are able to teach our students important ELA and Math skills they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.” Student Malia Forrest from Summit Academy said “It’s like a second teacher. ChalkTalk makes sure that I understand a concept completely.”

Unlike other blended learning products which reduce the role of the teacher in the classroom, ChalkTalk is designed to amplify the teacher’s impact with students. “We spent nearly two years observing how effective teachers work,” said Mohannad Arbaji, CEO and Founder at ChalkTalk. “Instead of building another robot tutor in the cloud, we used AI to build on a teacher’s strengths, keeping them at the forefront of the classroom instructional experience. Ultimately, people learn with human-to-human interactions and ChalkTalk aims to leverage that and become the technical underpinnings of how people learn in a classroom or any other group environment.”

As an education startup, ChalkTalk is unusual in that it has secured sizable seed funding – $3 million in total which allowed the company to conduct extensive research and development before launching a private beta for 25 schools last year. The company is led by a veteran team with over 92 years of combined experience within educational technology, including Joel Brown, a former vice president at Lexia Learning, and Paul Smith, a former senior global marketing manager at Apple. ChalkTalk is an alumnus of the LearnLaunch accelerator and was recently accepted into the prestigious Amazon Web Services EdStart accelerator.

“I think companies that promise to ‘transform, disrupt, or revolutionize’ education are destined to fail,” said ChalkTalk CEO Arbaji. “We know what works. Teachers work. There’s a place for AI in the classroom, but only if it can support the teacher instead of trying to replace them. That’s why we built ChalkTalk: we close students’ learning gaps but without asking teachers to change the way they teach.”

ABOUT

ChalkTalk is a remarkable new content delivery platform that helps every teacher ‘teach amazing.’ Using fully-adaptive technology, ChalkTalk generates personalized curriculum for high school English Language Arts and Math classes that has shown to dramatically improve student learning outcomes, including state test scores, course grades, and college entrance exams.

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