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Press Release: Goalbook Offers Holistic Approach to Empower Teachers
Solution integrates technology, professional development, and research to help teachers personalize instruction
PALO ALTO, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2013) — Supported by ImagineK12 and the New Schools Venture Fund, Goalbook is thrilled to announce its Toolkit is now available to districts nationwide. Their mission is to empower teachers to ensure access and equity for all students – including students with special needs, English language learners, and students requiring academic and behavior interventions.
Personalized instruction is the key to a successful education system, but as classrooms grow increasingly diverse, it can be a challenge for teachers to reach every child. Goalbook’s solution combines leading pedagogical research with its innovative technology to help educators personalize instruction for students.
“Decades of research show that teachers are the most important school-based factor in a child’s education,” said Daniel Jhin Yoo, Goalbook’s co-founder, a former special education teacher and administrator, and previous Google software developer. “We believe the best way to overcome existing achievement gaps is to empower educators with the resources and tools to design instruction that accounts for each student as an individual and makes the success of every child attainable.”
Goalbook’s key to success is its unique approach to developing teacher resources and professional development, based on leading research from Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Created by the nonprofit research center CAST, UDL is a design framework for applying evidence-based strategies to reduce learning barriers and improve the learning for all students.
“We partner with districts to implement technology and design professional development thoughtfully,” said co-founder, Justin Su, former director of operations and technology for Rocketship Education. “We help equip teachers with the tools to smash learning barriers and make a real impact in the classroom.”
Since launching in 2011, the company has rapidly expanded working with over 100 district customers in 30 states. Its content spans Pre-K to 12th grade in the core academic subject areas, in addition to behavior, social emotional and autism support.
At Goalbook, our mission is to empower teachers to ensure access and equity for all students. We integrate innovative technology, professional development, and leading pedagogical research to offer a holistic solution for helping teachers personalize instruction for students. Founded by former teachers and administrators, Daniel Jhin Yoo and Justin Su, Goalbook partners with over 100 district customers in 30 states. Goalbook was part of ImagineK12’s inaugural class and the first company funded through New Schools Venture Fund’s Seed Fund.
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