Our Mission

Gooru honors the human right to education by creating technology that enables educators and researchers to “open-source” effective practices and content to improve learning outcomes for all.

Honor The Human Right To Education

Education is a basic human right, yet educational access and opportunity--both nationally and internationally--is limited and unequal. While we have seen local success with amazing teachers or prestigious academic programs, we do not have success at scale. The tenacious hold of the current model of education means students lack agency to learn in a variety of ways.

Outcomes For All

Technology has great potential to make education equally accessible and empowering. We believe technology can be a catalyst to unite communities and a lynchpin to create collective impact. In the right hands, technology can give students, teachers and schools real-time analytic tools and unlimited access to engaging, effective resources for anywhere, anytime learning.  We believe learning begins with teachers, and with the right tools, they can advance student outcomes and foster an innovative community that supports the success of every student.

We Work Better Together

Gooru is committed to scaling practices with proven impact; practices where powerful technology could enhance success and scale results to classrooms across the country. In collaboration with Leadership Public Schools, Gooru integrates core instructional practices like real-time assessment, rubric-grading, and digital learning activities into the Learning Navigator to support the learning needs of all students.

Science underlying the Learning Navigator

Learning Navigator combines ideas from Learning Science, Data Science and Evaluation Research to enable personalized learning pathways. Gooru works with a team of scientists across several universities to develop the science underlying the Navigator to support deeper conceptual understanding and critical thinking.  These collaborations bring essential research, technology, and educator expertise required to design and develop tools that support individual student success at scale. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for high-quality personalized learning for all students by understanding and addressing critical needs of underserved students.

Students obtain a learning route based on their profile

Students study using open rich-media resources

Students are re-routed based on their performance

Students review progress by inspecting their learning path

Students track mastery across various competencies

Team bringing science to the Learning Navigator

Nancy Songer

Nancy Butler Songer is a Distinguished University Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Drexel University. Dr. Songer is an expert in science education and learning technologies with particular emphasis on the assessment of science knowledge and the design of learning environments that emphasize critical thinking in science.

Srinath Srinivasa

Srinath Srinivasa is Dean of Research and Professor of Computer Science at International Institute of Information Technology at Bangalore (IIIT-B). He works in the broad areas of web information retrieval, multi-agent systems, network analysis and text mining. He is a member of various technical and organizational committees for international conferences. He has served and continues to serve as a technical reviewer for journals like the VLDB journal and IEEE TKDE.

Kenji Hakuta

Kenji Hakuta is an Emeritus Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. His areas of teaching and research are bilingualism, second language acquisition, education policy and social and experimental research.

Lav Varshney

Lav Varshney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in analyzing socio-technical information systems through data analytics.

Youngmoo Kim

Youngmoo Kim is Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. He is interested in human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, analysis-synthesis of sound, and K-12 outreach for engineering, science, and mathematics education.

Neal Finkelstein

Neal Finkelstein serves as Co-Director of WestEd's Innovation Studies program. He is responsible for developing research and evaluation designs that study the impact of program implementation in K–12 public schools.

Our Supporters

We are thankful to our supporters who continue to help us in reaching our goal to honor the human right to education.

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