Founded by teachers and studensts, ImproovLearning cares deeply about empowering parents and teachers to support students. We understand that adequately supporting all students is difficult and that the students who need the most help are often the hardest to help. We are working to help parents and teachers strengthen the support networks around students to promote equity and change lives.
We are a startup out of the Project Olympus Incubator at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. We are currently in the prototyping phase, but we have already made some great achievements, including competing as finalists in the 2021 McGinnis Venture Competition at Carnegie Mellon University.
The ImproovLearning App is a smart communication system that delivers information from schools to parents on their preferred channels — web, mobile, and email. We also uniquely enable parents to automatically forward that information to grandparents, tutors, and all of the other important people in a student's life. We already tested an initial prototype in our cofounder's classroom and had great results:
Time spent emailing parents student-specific information decreased from 120 minutes spent per week to only 2 minutes.
The number of parents directly engaging in the classroom per month increased from 7 to 30.
The number of parents inactive on student information systems decreased from 38 to 19.
That's 60x faster communication, 3x more parent engagement, and 1/2 as many parents inactive on student information systems.
Coleman Isner is a first-year undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Tepper School of Business.
Lloyd Brooks is a sixth-grade, middle-school-level science teacher. He has worked in urban and suburban school districts, serving students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Matt Smith is a former high school math teacher and current software developer with Google.