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Chalk is a planning and analytics platform that enables K-12 schools and districts to develop a cohesive, standards-aligned map for curriculum and instruction. From small, independent schools to large, national school networks, Chalk is behind the academic strategies influencing millions of students.

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500,000 Teachers use Chalk worldwide in over 20,000 schools.

20 million lessons have been planned using Chalk.

Headquartered in the world-renowned technology hub, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Recent News

Chalk announces launch of data-driven assessment solution for school districts

Advanced technology cross connects assessment, instruction and curriculum Toronto, Canada - August 15, 2018 -- Chalk Education Inc. (Chalk), a ...

Chalk to help CLEF digitally deliver curriculum

Enabling Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation schools to utilize custom curriculum content effectively Toronto, Canada – November 15, 2018 — Chalk ...

Chalk Assessment Solution Offers Continuity for McGraw-Hill Engrade Customers at End-of-Life in June 2019

Full Transition Services Provided by Chalk to School Districts Toronto, Canada – September 26, 2018 — Chalk.com Education Inc. (Chalk), ...

Our Story

A teacher’s day doesn’t end with the final bell. That’s what William Zhou realized on his first visit to his high school as an alumnus. William has always had a close relationship with his teachers, ever since coming to Canada without speaking a word of English. Teachers are unsung heroes, often spending many hours outside of class marking, grading, lesson planning, and menial tasks. William, having just sold his first software-as-a-service (SaaS) company at the age of 18, set out to streamline the workflow that every single teacher has to do daily.

To kickstart the idea, he had to sell it first to the person he knew best: Ryan McKay-Fleming. In 2012, the two would eventually get together in William’s dorm room at the University of Waterloo to brainstorm the first version of Chalk.

The first lines of code for Chalk was written in Velocity Residence, University of Waterloo

Little did the duo know, the education industry is entrenched with dated tools. Entrepreneurs have long struggled to tackle this industry. William tried to apply what he learned from his previous SaaS startup, only to find out the quirks of the education industry. Since then, Chalk has evolved over many iterations and uprooted many traditional SaaS practices.

Late nights at the Velocity Garage building early iterations of standards for teachers

Chalk is a planning and analytics platform that enables K-12 schools and districts to develop a cohesive, standards-aligned map for curriculum and instruction, and receive actionable real-time data, to support timely adjustments and sustained success at all stages throughout a student’s academic journey. From small, independent schools to large, national school networks, Chalk is behind the academic strategies influencing millions of students.

Keynotes & Talks

Humans in the Future of Work

True North

June 20, 2019

Why context matters in data-driven education

GET 2018

December 7, 2018

What is Chalk?

ASU + GSV Summit

April 26, 2018

Should technology replace teachers?

TEDxKitchenerED

August 10, 2016

Chalk at C2 Montreal 2016

Montreal, Canada

June 1, 2016