Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Small Companies: Big Results in Indianapolis

By Christy Chappell, Program Ambassador TutorMate thrives on the dedicated support of our tutors, who come from corporations big and small. This year in Indianapolis Public Schools, two small businesses made an impact in a big way. One local company, Aqua Systems, adopted Mrs. Bennett’s classroom at Christian Park School, and its employees quickly embraced […]…

Principal for a Day

By Jane Schonberger, Program Ambassador What do “So You Think You Can Dance” judge and “American Idol” executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, and I have in common? We were both invited to participate in the Santa Ana Unified School District annual “Principal for a Day” event, along with a host of other regional celebrities! Each of […]…

Tips for Tutors

We’re well underway into the second semester of TutorMate tutoring, and hopefully, you’re developing a great relationship with your student. With a few months to go, we’re focused on making your experience and impact as successful and meaningful as possible! To help us optimize your sessions, please review and remember the following tips: 1) FEEDBACK: […]…

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 […]…

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 […]…

“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 […]…

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 […]…

“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 […]…

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 […]…