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Diversity, equity, and inclusion at Amplify

Amplify is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the culture we build, the people we hire, and the products and services we provide for educators and students. We take concrete actions to make this commitment a reality and see DEI as an ongoing effort that requires conscious and continuous improvements in our workplace and our programs.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion at Amplify

Amplify is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the culture we build, the people we hire, and the products and services we provide for educators and students. We take concrete actions to make this commitment a reality and see DEI as an ongoing effort that requires conscious and continuous improvements in our workplace and our programs.

Our commitment

Our goal is to make education, and thereby the world, more equitable.

We create education products that celebrate difference in life and thought as well as ideals we may hold in common.

We help teachers craft rigorous learning experiences that reflect the diverse histories, cultures, and identities their students bring to the classroom.

We also help teachers support their students in constructing, questioning, expanding, and strengthening knowledge of where they come from and who they are becoming.

To do this, we hire and develop people with the broadest range of talents, life stories and experiences, and together we build a diverse and inclusive culture.

Our programs

We have always been committed to identifying opportunities for inclusion and representation in our programs, and are now redoubling our efforts. To that end, we have created a product working group composed of diverse employees that collaborates with customers and experts to integrate more inclusive approaches into the research, design, development, and implementation of our products and services.

Each of our programs has also brought on DEI advisors, e.g. for our new math program in development, we have brought on four DEI advisors to help with a variety of different elements of DEI.

Learn more about the current approaches to DEI in each of our core curriculum, supplemental, and assessment programs:

Amplify CKLA | PDF
Amplify ELA | PDF
Amplify Reading | PDF
Amplify Science | PDF
mCLASS | PDF

Our people and culture

For employees to grow, thrive, and bring their full selves to our important work, creating an inclusive company culture is critical. Inclusivity is not something we achieve, but rather a way of working that we choose, the result of shared values and deliberate decisions we make every day we work together.

As we continue to build a more inclusive culture at Amplify, we are focusing on the following areas:

Identifying, promoting, and retaining talent

  • We are working to attract, develop, and promote people who reflect the diverse communities and perspectives of those we serve – including in the senior leadership of the company.
  • Our recruitment includes proactive efforts to attract and target underrepresented candidates to our open roles.
  • All teams have developed explicit rubrics and evaluation processes for each role to reduce bias and ensure equity in our hiring practices.
  • We are measuring our demographics to track our progress toward greater gender and ethnic representation.
  • We take mental health seriously and provide a range of resources to support mental wellness, including Mental Health First Aid training.

Building awareness by creating space for discussions

  • We have established the Amplify DEI Council of approximately 20 employees representing a diverse set of voices from across the company. DEI Council members provide recommendations to senior leaders on strategies that support Amplify’s DEI priorities and drive advocacy, sponsorship, and support from across the organization to meet Amplify’s goals and objectives.
  • We provide annual online Unconscious Bias training for staff as well as regular opportunities to participate in Ally Skills workshops.
  • We support employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups whose members share a common characteristic or life experience. ERGs at Amplify include Justice@Amplify, MiGente@Amplify, Noir@Amplify, Pride@Amplify, and SHE@Amplify. ERGs are also a welcome pace for allies to build their own understanding.
  • We regularly invite renowned authors, educators, and researchers focused on DEI issues to our offices for in-depth discussions about their work.

Our external communities

People talk to each other while sitting at a table.

In the face of ongoing and systemic racism, Amplify has committed to a sustained plan of action that we hope will contribute to real and enduring change. In our external communities, our work includes:

Supporting organizations that are taking action in the areas of social justice and anti-racism

  • We are proud to support Brooklyn Movement Center, Vera Institute of Justice, The Southern Center for Human Rights, Gideon’s Promise, and The Southern Coalition for Social Justice. These organizations are doing the work of anti-racism and social justice in Atlanta, GA, Brooklyn, NY, and Raleigh, NC, the communities where most of our employees live and work.
  • Leaders from each of these five organizations have spoken about their social justice work at Amplify company meetings. We are exploring ways to continue meaningful partnership opportunities on an ongoing basis.

Providing Amplify programs, services, and talent to educational institutions to address inequality

  • As part of our response to the pandemic and the overnight switch to remote learning, we have provided free access to our supplemental programs. We have also provided free access to a Foundational Skills Boost and a set of social and emotional learning (SEL) activities for grades 6-12 called Starting Points.
  • We are broadening our internships and development programs to attract more students from underrepresented communities.

Supporting the education of Amplify team members in understanding how we have been shaped by racism and how we can change

  • We offer learning experiences beyond our walls, including employee group visits to the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.