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Amway / HarperCollins

Grand Gestures in Grand Rapids

What do a publishing company, a multi-level marketing company and a furniture manufacturer have in common? They are all providing their employees with the opportunity to tutor emerging readers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. HarperCollins Publishers, Amway and Steelcase have partnered with Innovations for Learning and its TutorMate program to bring online literacy tutoring to first […]…

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Reading Resolution

Happy New Year to our loyal blog readers! Did you know that one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to read more? Keith Jones, a Quality Engineer at NCR Corporation in Atlanta, is an avid reader. So when NCR encouraged employees to get involved with TutorMate, he jumped at the opportunity. Keith was […]…

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“Real Talk”

One of our outstanding educators, Principal Luis Torres, recently shared the impact that TutorMate is making on his school, C.S. 55 in the Bronx: Real talk: Five years ago, I could not get volunteers, tutors, and mentors to donate their time to our school. Public transportation is a challenge and people are afraid to come […]…

Transwestern tutors meeting students in Ms. Fears' classroom for the first time

“You guys were all rockstars!!!”

You guys don’t understand how much my babies enjoyed meeting you all! They talked about it for the entire day. They loved ALL of their gifts and were so appreciative. One child even jumped up and yelled, “I LOVE TUTORMATE!” Thank you for every minute that you spend with my babies, thank you for meeting […]…

STEM Stories

Boeing celebrates its Centennial by sponsoring TutorMate STEM

Since its 1993 inception as a nonprofit, Innovations for Learning has continued to evolve. We’ve made remarkable improvements to our digital resources, to better serve the needs of at-risk emerging readers. Among these was the launch of TutorMate about ten years ago – IFL’s one-on-one virtual literacy tutoring program. Our collection of stories to foster […]…

Tutors meeting their students in NYC and Atlanta at end-of-year TutorMate celebrations.

“Each year it just gets better!”

Year after year, we seek to improve TutorMate’s universal effectiveness for our students and overall experience for students, teachers and tutors. One-to-one tutoring fosters meaningful, life-changing relationships between students and tutors. The collective impact of both a supportive tutor and a committed teacher continues to pay huge dividends in students’ reading growth, self-esteem and long-term […]…

POL Conference

Service: Uniting Us All

Last month, Innovations for Learning’s team had the opportunity to participate in the Points of Light Conference (POL), the world’s largest conference dedicated to service, according to the POL website. An estimated 3,000 people from across sectors (nonprofit, government and business) and borders (37 countries!) attended, connected, and volunteered at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Conference highlights […]…

Loews tutors and students at PS 133 in Brooklyn, NYC

Hospitality at Its Best

As our veteran tutors know, each year, we encourage our virtual volunteers to make a much anticipated in-person school visit for a capstone end-of-year celebration. For both students and tutors, this is often the highlight of the year – an opportunity to meet one another and share in the excitement of hard work and achievement. […]…

Mary Patterson of Hines and Ruben, a first grader at Burrus ES, working together during their weekly tutoring session.

Houston Volunteer of the Year: Mary Patterson

Mary Patterson and 21 of her Hines colleagues in Houston became tutors with the TutorMate online literacy program this past fall through Read Houston Read’s “Literacy By 3” initiative. This initiative enables 1,200 students to receive one-on-one literacy tutoring from volunteers in Houston. RHR Coordinator, Carley Colton, shared that the goal is “…to ensure that […]…