Voqal’s Education Opportunity Project seeks to measurably reduce educational opportunity gaps by providing capital and strategic advice to entrepreneurs and organizations working to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged populations. This month we highlight another one of the amazing organizations Voqal supports as part of this project, LENA.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, LENA focuses on increasing interactive talk in the early years of life, especially for disadvantaged children, which has proven to be a key factor in early brain development. LENA technology is used worldwide to measure early language environments for research, intervention, and clinical use.
Voqal specifically supports the LENA Grow platform. LENA Grow is an innovative, research-based professional development program for infant, toddler, and pre-k teachers. Measuring the most predictive elements of child outcomes, LENA Grow supports stakeholders at every level, helping teachers gain the skills to measurably improve classroom quality by boosting interactions and helping leadership make more informed planning and policy decisions.
The program couples LENA’s “talk pedometer” technology with weekly coaching sessions. Teachers gain data insights that go far beyond typical feedback, leading to quality improvement without additional burden on their schedules.
Voqal is proud to be able to support amazing changemakers like LENA and looks forward to its continued efforts to create a more equitable education system through the innovative use of technology.
Learn more about LENA Grow and all of LENA’s programs at lena.org.