April 1, 2019 – The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) today announced it is providing more than $1.6 million in support to the Jefferson Education Exchange (JEX), a nonprofit committed to helping educators make informed decisions about education technology (edtech).
The support from CZI will enable JEX to launch an initiative to expand the role of educators in helping shape the national education research agenda, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). It also will help advance the organization’s efforts to map and understand the dynamics that influence the effectiveness of technology in the classroom.
“While educators are often the individuals using edtech tools to serve students in the classroom, their voices are often missing from decisions on how to select and implement those tools,” said Sandra Liu Huang, Head of Education at CZI. “We’re pleased to invest in an evidence-based approach to help teachers, schools, and districts better understand how technology can best support students in the context of their specific needs and learning environment.”