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New Research: TutorMate Significantly Improves Students’ Reading

During the 2014-15 school year, two important research studies were conducted to measure the efficacy of the TutorMate program in the classroom. The research reports are now finalized, and IFL is excited to announce that data from both studies demonstrate TutorMate’s significant positive impact on student reading scores, confirming what teachers have anecdotally been telling us […]…

TutorMate on the Air with Whole Whale Podcast

Last week, George Weiner, founder and Chief Whaler at Whole Whale interviewed IFL’s National TutorMate Director, Dan Weisberg, about our TutorMate program. During the podcast, they discussed many topics, including: the benefits of working with 1st graders in particular, the convenience of virtual tutoring, how 3rd grade reading levels are key indicators for future success […]…

“Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens”

Earlier this month, Lisa Guernsey of New America and Michael H. Levine of Joan Ganz Cooney Center/Sesame Workshop released their new book Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens. Lisa and Michael are both well-versed in education in our digital age, and we interviewed them to find out more about how we […]…

Chicago TutorMate Breakfast – “Students must learn to read, in order to read to learn.”

This week, Innovations for Learning held our inaugural Chicago TutorMate Breakfast, an opportunity for returning partners and newcomers alike to experience the excitement and the impact of the TutorMate program. Our gracious hosts at Morningstar, CEO Joe Mansueto and Director of Community Relations Kate Cohler, provided a beautiful venue, and Mr. Mansueto encouraged attendees to […]…

Broward College TutorMate Team Receives “Unsung Heroes” Award

Innovations for Learning has a deep appreciation for our volunteers’ work as TutorMate tutors, and we’re always excited to hear that organizations are honoring their employee volunteers as well! At Broward College, President J. David Armstrong’s leadership team recognizes extraordinary individuals in the Broward College community each month with the “Unsung Heroes” award. This month, […]…

TutorMate Included in My Brother’s Keeper National Playbook

Innovations for Learning is proud to share that our TutorMate program has been highlighted in My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Playbook for Corporations and Businesses (PDF – see page 52) as a resource for companies seeking to focus their corporate citizenship efforts on creating a positive change for boys and men of color. My Brother’s Keeper […]…

Happy National Volunteer Week!

As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, we at Innovations for Learning wanted to thank all of our tutors who devote 30 minutes each week to make a real difference in the life of a child learning to read. Yesterday, we had a chance to celebrate National Volunteer Week at “Blue palooza,” a community […]…

“The most important thing we can do”

Earlier this week (March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday!), classrooms and libraries around the country celebrated Read Across America Day. President Obama stated in his Read Across America Day proclamation that “as a Nation, one of our greatest responsibilities is to ensure every American child can experience the transformative power of reading. Literacy is the gateway to […]…

Salesforce project complete, thanks to Taproot Foundation service grant and pro bono volunteers

And now, a bit of behind-the-scenes news from Innovations for Learning.  Our organization has been growing (as you may have noticed), and we found that it was becoming more difficult to organize and manage our relationships with partner organizations, school districts, and volunteers. IFL was fortunate to be awarded a Taproot Foundation service grant to […]…

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We’ve reached 100 TutorMate partner organizations!

We’re thrilled to share the news that Innovations for Learning has reached a very exciting milestone.  As of this week, we officially have 100 organizations participating in the TutorMate program whose employees will be tutoring this year!  Ricoh USA has the distinction of being the 100th corporation to join us in tutoring. This is a […]…

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