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Bending the Curve: Innovating Toward Excellence and Equity The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is focused on unlocking human potential and promoting equality. Education and human development was the first initiative launched based on the belief that unlocking this aspect of human potential advances individual opportunity and is critical to enabling humanity to solve the world’s most complex problems—the ones we have today, and those yet unknown. Globally, education and training continue to be the most reliable paths to prosperity and stability. Yet, we know that as humans we are “about” and capable of much more than mastering academic and professional knowledge and skills. While this is a laudable goal, it is inadequate. We must have a much higher and broader definition of success for everyone. However, new aspirations are meaningless unless we have the knowledge, skill and will to achieve them. How do we rapidly accelerate the pace at which we learn about learning? How do we translate these into new strategies, tools and resources that learners and educators can use to change their lives? How do we ensure the users, practitioners and decision makers know how to choose and use the best of these new solutions? How do we create an ecosystem that rewards what works and constantly demands and then supports each solution to keep getting better? How can we empower the learner and the teacher allowing them to pursue their aspirations and own their learning? How do we change what we all believe is possible? This will be a long journey with many winding paths and dead ends leaving the final question—what are we willing to do?

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