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"We know how important it is that kids get feedback on their work, yet that was the ball that kept dropping."
Based on surveys, the Graide Network reports that teachers using the service spent 88 percent less time on grading, allowing them to provide one-on-one help for struggling students. The students appreciated it, too. One teacher reported that "getting the comments was like Christmas for my students."
Built In Chicago
Applicable to practically any academic field or professional focus, learning how to write well can be one of the most valuable takeaways from a K-12 education. But becoming a good writer requires lots of practice and in-depth feedback, which can be hard for time-strapped teachers to provide. The Graide Network wants to help teachers provide that additional follow-up for their students.
National Writing Project Radio
Listen as The National Writing Project hosts a wide-ranging discussion of the power of The Graide Network as an instructional tool, the importance of effective feedback, and the value of experiential learning for pre-service teachers. Featuring Brophy College Prep English department chair John Damaso and all-star Graider from University of Illinois-Chicago Sumaiya Qazi.
Northwestern Magazine, Spring 2017
At the Kellogg-sponsored Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Inspiration Days in 2014, Blair Mlnarik Pircon ’16 MBA listened to a former classroom teacher lament that he had been unable to provide nearly as much feedback to his students as he would have liked. The idea for the Graide Network was born: use applications of the sharing economy and readily available remote working tools to share student work with vetted graders — undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who are aspiring teachers — who provide personalized feedback to students.
Businesses that strive to solve education-related problems are in a league of their own. They're working to improve a flawed, labyrinthian system, and, in doing so, they contribute to the betterment of society while investing in the hope for a better future.
...most entrepreneurs were white and male. But in a space as diverse as public education, where K-12 students are 50 percent female and students of color comprise a larger percentage of the population than white students, there’s a fundamental disconnect between creators and users. The statistics around entrepreneurs creating the tools and the statistics around public school students consuming the tools don’t match up.
Enter Camelback Ventures, a three-year old “incubator” specifically designed to brew entrepreneurial talent amongst women and people of color—geared predominantly towards entrepreneurs in education.
Chicago WGN Radio
Blair Pircon joined Steve on The Opening Bell to talk about her company that is giving teachers a much needed breath of fresh air.
Kellogg School of Management
“The impact of feedback was tremendous,” CEO Blair Pircon said. “Student engagement going through the roof, teachers really loving the experience working with Graiders, Graiders really valuing the experience of working with veteran teachers. It’s really been everything and more were hoping to establish with our first pilot school year.”
Kellogg School of Management