Create a more effective and inclusive classroom.

About Teachly

Teachly is an ed-tech application that brings the dynamics of a small classroom to larger lecture halls.

We began work on Teachly in the spring of 2015, after years spent obsessing about how to create increasingly personalized learning experiences for students. We had come to believe that data were critical to this mission--data about students, about our own habits as teachers, and about in-class interactions. But the barriers to the use of data were too high: too many Excel spreadsheets, too many institutional databases, too many stand-alone tools. We built Teachly to bring those data together in one place and to help us, as faculty, take more immediate action in the classroom.

To date, Teachly has been used by over 75 faculty members in over 100 classrooms at the Harvard Kennedy School. We now have ongoing pilots at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Key Features

Student Profiles

Teachly builds rich, searchable student profiles about their backgrounds, interests, and goals. This allows for personalized interactions with each student.

Real-Time Stats

Teachly generates session-by-session analytics--combined into thematic dashboards--that identify patterns and help to flag students that may be falling through the cracks.

Interactive Seating Chart

By visualizing data as they're laid out in the real world, Teachly focuses attention on spatial blind spots, as well as on individual students that may need support.

“If you want richer discussions in your classroom and if you want students ultimately to feel greater ownership of your course takeaways, I highly recommend using Teachly!”
Samantha Power
Professor of Practice, Harvard Kennedy and Law School and Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N
"Teachly has been an amazing source for me…I now am far more conscious about waiting those extra few seconds to call on a person who would add diversity."
Asim Khwaja
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
“Teachly is by far the best instrument for getting immediate feedback on how you teach and how students respond. If you want hands-on programs to help you become a better teacher, Teachly should be on your list!”
Arne Westad
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
"Teachly was of tremendous assistance to us. It really provided a roadmap and gave us visibility into who we needed to draw out during the course of our discussions. It proved to be an invaluable tool in the classroom."
Sheila Burke
Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
“[Teachly] has allowed me to be more systematic about who I call on in class--both to cut back on calling on frequent hand-raisers and to encourage the quiet students to talk more”
Dara Kay Cohen
Associate Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
"Seeing my own bias…was new, surprising and useful"
Nicco Mele
Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School


Get in Touch

We’re working to make Teachly more widely available. If you’re interested in using Teachly at your institution, please add your email to our distribution list and we’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress. If you might be interested in helping to fund our work, please contact

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Our Team

Karti Subramanian


Dan Levy

Co-Creator & Faculty Pioneer

Teddy Svoronos

Co-Creator & Faculty Pioneer

Sarah Hamma

Project Manager

Advisors: Andy Levi, Mae Klinger


We are grateful to the Harvard Kennedy School, the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education for financial support of our pilots. We are also grateful to many individuals who made Teachly possible. They include, but are not limited to Evan Abramsky, Victoria Barnum, Jennifer Betancourt, Iris Bohnet, Josh Bookin, Suzanne Cooper, Doug Elmendorf, Archon Fung, Jaime Goldstein, Mae Klinger, Andy Levi, Don Oppenheimer, Kristin Sullivan, Ian Tosh, and Janney Wilson. We are also grateful to the faculty members participating in all our pilots, and to the members of their respective teaching teams. Finally, we are grateful to the software firm Zagaran, especially to Alvin Siu and Aaron Klein, for developing the current version of Teachly and for being great partners in our efforts to help faculty teach more effectively and inclusively.

About Us

Teachly is a project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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