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How to use Chalk to Support Educators As Schools Transition to E-Learning

How to use Chalk to Support Educators As Schools Transition to E-Learning

Dear Educators, Schools and districts globally are facing unprecedented disruption and uncertainty. At Chalk, we share the concerns of all teachers and administrators doing their best to navigate the COVID-19 ...
Forbes: This 20-Something Has 500,000 Teachers On His Platform

Forbes: This 20-Something Has 500,000 Teachers On His Platform

Five years ago, at the grizzled old age of 22, William Zhou was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in education. Zhou had an education company, Chalk, he said ...
EdTech Round Up: Five Tools to Promote Educator and Student Collaboration

EdTech Round Up: Five Tools to Promote Educator and Student Collaboration

In today’s digital learning environment, technology is a valuable tool to complement good instructional strategies. However, students still need to be taught how to use technology effectively and how to ...
eSchool News: Expediting curriculum mapping in an under-resourced district

eSchool News: Expediting curriculum mapping in an under-resourced district

In our small, rural district in Huntington County, Pennsylvania, we face a number of challenges including a high rate of poverty, a rather pronounced teacher shortage, and a limited budget ...
SmartBrief: Why curriculum mapping matters and how to pull it off

SmartBrief: Why curriculum mapping matters and how to pull it off

A common misconception about curriculum mapping is that teachers and administrators just need to come together once or twice a year to rewrite the curriculum, pick the resources they will ...
TLTalkRadio: Season 6: Episode 20 – Chalk

TLTalkRadio: Season 6: Episode 20 – Chalk

In this episode, we’re speaking with William Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Chalk, an education technology company whose integrated planning and analytics platform for curriculum and instruction that utilizes real-time ...
EduTechGuys: S5E18 Will Zhou - Chalk

EduTechGuys: S5E18 Will Zhou – Chalk

EduTechGuys is a high intensity rollercoaster ride of super fun which takes mortal form in the two distinct entities which are David Henderson and Jeff Madlock. Crafted in the fires ...
Chalk to help CLEF digitally deliver curriculum

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 Education Inc. (Chalk), partners with Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF), ...

Quick Facts

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

20 million lessons have been planned using Chalk.

A remote-first company with HQ in, Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada.

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 working on other clerical 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. In the first year, Chalk was looking bleak. 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