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Human-Powered. Results-Driven..

 

The Graide Network is fueled by current, former, and future teachers, researchers, engineers, and all-around education enthusiasts. Our network brings together decades of education experience, feedback expertise, and the time, talent, and drive of hundreds of vetted Graiders to support K-12 students and teachers at scale.

From our home base in the Chicago Literacy Alliance we are proud to serve hundreds of schools and districts across the country.

Meet the Office

 
“If you can read, you can learn to do anything.” My dad’s memorable advice is one of my most vivid childhood memories. This bookworm and fourth-generation entrepreneur is thrilled to be leading The Graide Network to greater impact for students and teachers.

“If you can read, you can learn to do anything.” My dad’s memorable advice is one of my most vivid childhood memories. This bookworm and fourth-generation entrepreneur is thrilled to be leading The Graide Network to greater impact for students and teachers.

Blair Pircon
Co-Founder/CEO
Every day I get to speak with passionate school leaders across the country and help them solve some of their thorniest challenges and achieve their most important goals. It’s deeply humbling and rewarding work.

Every day I get to speak with passionate school leaders across the country and help them solve some of their thorniest challenges and achieve their most important goals. It’s deeply humbling and rewarding work.

Liz Nell
Co-Founder/School Success
I love working in Ed Tech and specifically The Graide Network. Coming to work and hearing the direct results my software has had on students and teachers is a feeling unlike any other.

I love working in Ed Tech and specifically The Graide Network. Coming to work and hearing the direct results my software has had on students and teachers is a feeling unlike any other.

Karl Hughes
Chief Technology Officer
 
 
I love supporting Graiders so that they have what they need to best support students. This can range from helping communicate with a teacher or giving tips to make feedback more actionable.

I love supporting Graiders so that they have what they need to best support students. This can range from helping communicate with a teacher or giving tips to make feedback more actionable.

Eileen Dominic
Senior Operations Manager
I'm surrounded by people who not only share the same passion, but are united on a mission to empower teachers and students across the country.

I'm surrounded by people who not only share the same passion, but are united on a mission to empower teachers and students across the country.

Doug Tipsword
School Partnerships Manager
Having spent 9 years in high schools, I have seen student achievement positively impacted when teachers receive resources that allow them to focus their time and energy on students. I get to spend everyday at work helping teachers and schools accomplish just that.

Having spent 9 years in high schools, I have seen student achievement positively impacted when teachers receive resources that allow them to focus their time and energy on students. I get to spend everyday at work helping teachers and schools accomplish just that.

Rich Tolisano
Partner Success Director
 
 
For the last 7 years, I worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and school administrator to promote a culture of high expectations in Chicago schools. Now I continue that work by coaching Graiders and assisting teachers in giving high-quality feedback to drive results in the classroom.

For the last 7 years, I worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and school administrator to promote a culture of high expectations in Chicago schools. Now I continue that work by coaching Graiders and assisting teachers in giving high-quality feedback to drive results in the classroom.

Kristy Purdy
Operations Manager
As a fervent advocate for educational equity, I love leveraging my skills and experiences to deliver more feedback and influence student achievement across the country.

As a fervent advocate for educational equity, I love leveraging my skills and experiences to deliver more feedback and influence student achievement across the country.

Fridaouss Nabine
Sales & Marketing Associate
I love building things that have a positive impact on people’s lives! I’m inspired by the change technology can have on education.

I love building things that have a positive impact on people’s lives! I’m inspired by the change technology can have on education.

Hollie Lambert
Software Engineer
 
 
Educational spaces have always been special places for me. Because I had such amazing support systems, I always felt the need to be able to provide those same support systems through mentoring, tutoring, and volunteering in education-based spaces.

Educational spaces have always been special places for me. Because I had such amazing support systems, I always felt the need to be able to provide those same support systems through mentoring, tutoring, and volunteering in education-based spaces.

 
Cindy Ramos Rico
Operations Intern
 

Introducing our WORLD CLASS Graiders

Our Graiders are the heart ❤️ and soul of our organization, and we are proud to work with such a diverse and talented group. Through a rigorous and performance-based application and onboarding process, Graiders hone and demonstrate their expertise in reading, scoring, and responding to student work. The majority of our Graider team is comprised of graduate and undergrad students from leading colleges and universities across the country and over 50% are pre-service teachers.

Our Network includes:

Hundreds of talented Graiders across content areas
50+ top tier colleges and universities nationwide
110% committment to high quality work

Click below to “meet” a few of our fabulous Graiders!

A special shout-out to our Senior Graiders

 

By invitation, top Graiders are invited to join our Senior Graider team.

As Senior Graiders, these folks take on an increased role and work regularly to support Graider recruitment and onboarding operations, assignment management, and quality assurance.

 
 

Our History

2015-16 School Year: As a graduate student at Northwestern University, our fearless leader and CEO, Blair Pircon, wins a summer grant opportunity with Leap Innovations. With a small team of former, current, and future educators all committed to solving a big challenge in K-12 education, The Graide Network is born.

2016-17 School Year: After a successful "beta" year, The Graide Network kicks off its second school year with a team of 50+ Graiders serving 21 schools in 11 states. We pass the 30,000 essay mark.

2017-18 School Year: The Graide Network triple in size, partnering with over 50 schools in 17 states and a team of 150+ Graiders.

2018-2019 School Year: Through an exciting new partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative, we expand to serving AP math and science courses. The team celebrates as we deliver our millionth piece of feedback on student writing!

Chen Liu, one of our founding teachers, on the inspiration for The Graide Network