Quill

11 - 25 Employees
< 10 Engineers
$5M - $10M Funding
Other

Quill.org’s free online tools help low-income 3rd-12th grade students become strong writers and critical thinkers. Teachers are provided with free access to our research-based curriculum, and students receive immediate feedback on their work, enabling them to revise their writing and quickly improve their skills. To immediately assess and serve feedback on student writing, Quill.org’s activities incorporate machine learning and natural language processing, and the nonprofit, open source organization works with academic researchers across the country to design and build its technology and curriculum.

There are 30 million low-income K-12 students in the United States who struggle with basic writing, one of the most important skills people need to improve reading comprehension and advance critical thinking. We are aiming to help at least 10 million low-income students become strong writers and critical thinkers in the next five years, and we have already helped more than 2 million students from 10,000 schools across the United States. To accomplish our mission, Quill is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AT&T Foundation, and Google.org, among others.

Quill is an open-source organization, and we work with a large community of developers and educators to launch new literacy tools aligned with our mission. Quill is now working with academic researchers from Stanford and Harvard University to build open source artificial intelligence tools that can help students write thesis statements, use evidence to support claims, and compose essays. Through a nonprofit, community-led effort, we will be able to build revolutionary open source tools that serve the needs of students across the world.

Active Roles
Why join us?
  • In 2011, a Department of Education study found that 31 million low-income students are not proficient at writing, one of the most important skills young people need to improve reading comprehension, advance critical thinking, and produce new knowledge. Quill aims to help all 31 million students become strong writers.

  • Quill has already helped more than 2 million students improve their writing skills, and we aim to help 10 million students in the next five years.

  • Students have written more than 200 million sentences on our platform, and we are now incorporating machine learning in order to serve personalized feedback on open-ended writing activities.

  • Quill is backed by major foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.org.


Engineering at Quill
Engineering team and processes

Quill is currently a team of six engineers. Our engineering team is committed to continual deployment, automated testing, and agile product development.

Technical Challenges

We are aiming to scale our platform to support up to 300,000 students per day, and we are doing so as a small team of five engineers. Quill currently serves 50,000 students per day and provides feedback on more than a million sentences per day. We use a variety of services to provide feedback on student writing, and as an engineer at Quill, you will help us scale these services.

Projects you might work on
  • Scaling our API to serve hundreds of thousands of students.

  • Building our React Native app.

  • Working with NLP services, such as Spacy.io and AllenNLP, to develop new feedback systems for students. https://allennlp.org/ https://spacy.io

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails
React
React Native
Ruby
PostgreSQL
Firebase
Python
Go

Working at Quill

Quill is a team of educators and developers passionate about learning and open source. We're a team that enjoys discussing books and playing board games.

Generous Vacation

Quill provides a total of 25 days of paid time off for new staff members (vacation and holidays).

Flexible Hours

Most of our engineers work from 10 am till 6pm, but we are flexible on hours and support working from home on certain days.

Health Insurance

We provide health insurance and dental through Oxford United.

Transportation

Quill provides a commuter transportation benefit and subsidized access to CitiBikes.


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