To help address learning loss and widening inequality in educational outcomes due to school closings, as well as concerns about the upcoming school year, the nonprofit educational organization will use the grant to expand several virtual biology initiatives and public school partnerships established over the past five years and formalize its partnership with LabXchange, a free online science education platform that provides personalized instruction, virtual lab experiences, and networking opportunities to the global scientific community. The funding also will support the Paramount Unified and Hueneme Elementary school districts in Southern California, both of which primarily serve students of color and face looming budget shortfalls.
Since 2015, the Amgen Foundation has committed nearly $7 million to advance Khan Academy's efforts and partnerships and support development of its biology content.
"This school year is likely to be challenging, so we're deeply grateful for the support we're receiving from the Amgen Foundation and Khan Academy," said Ruth Pérez, superintendent of the Paramount Unified School District. "Our partnership will allow teachers to provide personalized instruction while we gain important insights about student progress across our district."
"We understand the pressures many people face during this unprecedented time and the ambiguity about what in-person learning will look like going forward. What's more, we know students and teachers of color are disproportionately impacted," said Amgen Foundation president Eduardo Cetlin. "Khan Academy is playing an important role in helping address inequity in education during the pandemic through its free educational resources. We're proud to continue and expand our strong partnership and help keep students on track for success."