Zinc is based in the heart of Manhattan with offices right on Union Square, and as New Yorkers, we're thrilled to have our programs expand into our hometown's schools! The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the largest district in the nation, serves over 1 million students in nearly 2,000 schools. Given this massive reach, we're thrilled to be part of the district's Short Cycle Evaluation Challenge (SCEC) run through the iZone, a branch of the DOE which was created to use innovation to foster personalized learning and college readiness. The SCEC is one of iZone's initiatives that helps schools to get the right technology into their classrooms quickly through a structured 90-day pilot and supplemented with professional development opportunities with the iZone team and Zinc.
This year, we'll be working with math, history and biology teachers at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn and English, ESL and history teachers at the Business of Sports School in Manhattan. Throughout the pilot, the Center for Children and Technology will collect data, which will be synthesized at the close to determine Zinc's efficacy and impact. This data will also contribute to the Learning Assembly's ed-tech-pilot tool kit, which will benefit educators around the country. The iZone SCEC is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.