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We transform district curriculum maps into actionable planning tools for teachers to increase the quality of instruction.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2013
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

We founded Countdown because we believe that K12 school districts need better tools to develop effective teachers. Our first product helps districts develop and implement curriculum maps aligned to the new Common Core State Standards, so that teachers know what they need to teach, and when. With our software, teachers plan more effectively, driving better student results in an era of high accountability.


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    Sarah Cherry Rice
    CEO & Co-Founder

    Sarah Cherry Rice drives the company's vision, strategy and growth. She currently works for the Lawrence Public Schools to implement effective data-driven instructional practices in nine of the district’s middle and elementary schools. Earlier she worked at The Achievement Network coaching district and charter school principals to implement performance management strategies in greater Boston, New York City and Newark resulting in substantial gain

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    Matt Rantz
    CTO & Co-Founder

    Matthew Rantz is the Co-Founder and CTO for Countdown. He has developed software and managed software teams in a wide range of industries from medical devices to CRM. Previously, Matt worked at Aptima building tools for the Air Force and Navy to help them assess how well an individual did during training. Prior to that, he worked at Philips Medical Systems helping to write software for AED's (portable defibrillators). Matt has a passion for techn