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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 […]…

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. […]…

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 […]…

PIMCO: A Global Corporation, Making a Local Impact for Literacy

While global investment management firm, PIMCO, has offices far and wide, spanning 12 different countries, its New York City and Newport Beach employees are committed to making a difference right in their own backyard. By tutoring first grade students online through TutorMate, a combined 32 PIMCO employees are making a local impact in the lives […]…

Hooked on Volunteering

By Seth Weinberger We know that the human body is capable of releasing endorphins that result in highs without addictive drugs. Volunteering can induce such a high by creating a euphoric feeling of satisfaction. But not all volunteer efforts create the same highs. Some corporate responsibility activities have a large social benefit even though the […]…

A Culture of Good Citizenship at Denver’s Janus Capital Group

When the busy CEO and over 50 no-less busy employees of a national corporate leader in financial services agree to make a weekly commitment to tutor first grade students in the Denver Public Schools, it is certainly remarkable. This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with this CEO, Richard Weil, of Denver-based Janus Capital […]…

New America’s Interactive Resource Map: “Integrating Technology in Early Literacy (InTEL)”

We urge all teachers, tutors, parents and other literacy supporters to check out a brand new interactive map from New America, called Integrating Technology in Early Literacy (InTEL). The Innovations for Learning team is very gratified that TutorMate was recently recognized by New America as a program that effectively integrates technology with early grade education. New America’s Education […]…

3,000 Tutors and Counting

Innovations for Learning’s TutorMate Online Literacy Program has been rapidly expanding during the 2015-16 school year, reaching an unprecedented milestone of 3,000 tutors! Over 3,000 students will be receiving the critical literacy support they need to foster their growth as readers and as learners. Not only will they have the opportunity to improve their comprehension, […]…