2022: Reflection on Resolve and Hope
Cambium CEO, Ashley Andersen Zantop, reflects with gratitude and determination on the year that was 2022.
As we look back on 2022, the K-12 community can reflect on a year of challenge and hope.
We have persevered through setbacks, disasters and tragedies. We’ve shared the relief and joy of a return to more normal instructional and home routines. At the same time, we’ve all shared in the challenges our schools and communities face supporting enough teachers for every classroom while we reckon with the largest drop in academic outcomes in decades.
The immensity of these challenges and the barrier to equitable opportunity they pose is difficult to overstate. As a K-12 community, we must galvanize our resolve to overcome them. As I consider our work over the last year, I am proud of and grateful for the tenacity of our teams at Cambium. Our purpose is to help every teacher and student feel seen, valued and supported—and our commitment to that purpose has never been greater.
Throughout 2022, Cambium continued to invest in deepening our impact with new solutions, enhanced services and more ways to serve the K – 12 community. Some highlights include: Learning A-Z launched Foundations A-Z and Raz-Plus Español, Time4Learning added a new social studies curriculum and middle school electives, and Lexia launched Aspire, a new subscription professional learning solution for teachers. Cambium Assessment implemented new statewide interim and summative assessments for Texas and launched statewide progress monitoring for Florida. ExploreLearning introduced the world to “Serious Fun.” We launched our new Volunteer Service Time program to support our Cambium employees with paid time away to spend supporting classrooms and educational programs within our communities. It’s exciting to see our innovations recognized—in 2022, Cambium had the most CODiE awards won by any edtech company—and I’m even more excited by the measurable efficacy and positive impact we make as we pursue our purpose.
Our dedication to help all students and educators feel seen, valued and supported makes a real difference for millions of people. In partnership with thousands of educators, administrators and parents, we now serve more than 29 million students and 1.3 million teachers in 95% of U.S. districts and in more than 170 countries. That’s an increase of 190% in unique students served since 2018. I am filled with gratitude and pride at what we’ve achieved together this year. In the new year, we’ll see continued investments in the products and people that make our innovation and impact possible.
As we look into 2023 and beyond, Cambium continues to invest at the intersection of the greatest need and the greatest opportunity to make a transformative impact supporting the K-12 community we are proud to be part of. The need for our work has never been greater, as demonstrated by recent NAEP results and the Cambium Assessment longitudinal study that shows students are suffering from significant learning loss. This is our imperative. We can’t let up. We won’t let up. This commitment to our purpose and the outcomes we create together give us hope.
Like this year, our work in the year ahead won’t be easy, but our common purpose unites and fuels us. Every day we work together to make a difference is another day we make progress for the millions of people who need us. The tireless work of teachers, students, parents and administrators and the organizations across our K-12 community who serve them gives us hope. Together, we can make 2023 a year of improved outcomes and greater opportunity.
To everyone in the Cambium family: Thank you for your dedication, empathy and strength this year.
Wishing you and all those you love a happy and healthy new year.