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Xiaohoa Michelle Ching

Job Title
Founder & CEO
Company
Corps Year: 
2013
Corps Region: 
Bay Area
Alumni Region: 
Bay Area
Awards: 
Social Innovation Award

“I believe it’s important that educators play a major role in innovating to solve the problems that persist in education. Teachers know most intimately which issues are important and how best to tackle them.”

Xiaohoa Michelle Ching is the founder and CEO of Literator. Literator was born out of struggles Michelle encountered in her 2nd grade classroom at Reach Academy. She realized that meeting the individual needs of students was critical but extremely complicated. Literator provides a tool that allows teachers to easily collect data on student reading performance while providing analysis and guidance. Administrators use the insights gleaned from teacher inputs to alert them to problem areas, allowing them to provide professional development or plan strategic interventions. Students and parents can see learning progress in real-time, making them feel more empowered in the process. Literator won first place at Startup Weekend EDU San Francisco in 2015.

Michelle’s contributions to the community extend beyond the classroom. She was a Board Member for Induz Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing arts to students in need. She also served as a Policy and Advocacy Fellow at GO Public Schools and is an inaugural cohort member of Leadership for Educational Equity’s New American Leadership Program.

Michelle’s family came as refugees from Laos. She received a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.Ed from Loyola Marymount University, and a Certificate of Social Sector Leadership from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

More about Literator

Winner of the 2016 Social Innovation Award, Pilot Track

Literator frees schools from relying on infrequent testing data by providing actionable insights through one-on-one observations. It provides a tool that allows teachers to easily collect data on student reading performance while providing analysis and guidance. Administrators use the insights gleaned from teacher inputs to alert them to problem areas, allowing them to provide professional development or plan strategic interventions. Students and parents can see learning progress in real-time, making them feel more empowered in the process.

Literator won first place at Startup Weekend EDU San Francisco in 2015.