Archive for April, 2013

IFL takes big step into Broward County, Fla., classrooms

In one of its biggest expansions yet, Innovations for Learning’s programs are headed this fall to 120 classrooms in Broward County, Fla, — an aggressive effort to teach some 2,160 young students to read. The Broward County Public Schools, based in Fort Lauderdale, announced the partnership with IFL today. The initiative is to begin in […]…

Tutors, sign up now to meet your students!

It’s the time of year for Innovations for Learning tutors to be making plans for end-of-the-year get-togethers with the students they’re helping learn to read. About 1,300 adults are devoting a half-hour each week to communicating, via telephone and the computer, with children in low-income neighborhood schools. From their desks in corporations like AT&T and […]…

Staff reflections: Caryn Weiner

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work. Today: Caryn Weiner, Co-editor, Publications. I have known Seth Weinberger, Barb Goodman and their family for many years and had the pleasure of […]…

Innovation. It’s the name of the course

Indiana high school teacher Don Wettrick is so giddy about innovation that he’s teaching a course in it. To be more accurate, the teenagers pretty much teach themselves. Wettrick’s main role is to set things up so this can happen. “My students, they teach me,” he says. It’s the students who come up with subjects […]…

Staff reflections: Frank Spranze

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work.  Today: Frank Spranze, Help Desk Manager. I’m known at Innovations for Learning as a tech guy, but I’ve done a little of everything […]…

The astounding cost of a high school dropout

Here’s a startling look at the high cost we all pay for every high school dropout: The infographic was created by Rethink Education, a venture capital firm that invests in educational technology. The information largely comes from a publication released last July 4 called “American Revolution 2.0: How Education Innovation is Going To Revitalize America […]…