Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

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, […]…

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 […]…

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The Differentiation Challenge

Education Week has just published an article proclaiming that Differentiation Doesn’t Work. The claim is not that differentiated instruction isn’t effective, but that it is very difficult to implement in a classroom with a large number of students with diverse needs, and so relatively few teachers actually differentiate instruction. Innovations for Learning exists because we […]…

Giving thanks to our tutors

We love this video produced by our partners in Phoenix, Valley of the Sun United Way, featuring TutorMate volunteer Yolanda Stokes from Wells Fargo and her student, Jaffet. As we gear up for the Thanksgiving holiday, we at Innovations for Learning simply want to say thank you to our volunteers like Yolanda who devote time […]…

Houston launches TutorMate drive: See it here!

Read Houston Read Corporate Campaign Launch from Houston ISD on Vimeo.   The Read Houston Read campaign, rallying dozens of corporations to the cause of early literacy, has blasted off with a breakfast for corporate leaders — and the great video above. The Houston Independent School District wants 1,600 volunteers to flood elementary schools to help […]…

Houston ‘literacy crisis’ spurs call for 1,500 volunteers

Houston educators are looking for 1,500 volunteers to join Innovations for Learning and other organizations to battle what they’re calling a “literacy crisis” in the nation’s fourth-largest city. The Houston Independent School District is asking citizens to give 30 to 60 minutes a week to mentor a child in person or over the Internet in […]…

Houston, all systems are go! IFL set for lift-off in Texas’ largest public school system

Innovations for Learning’s programs are coming to Houston kindergarteners and first-graders, and the school district is excited about it. See what the Houston Independent School District is saying about this new-technology effort to improve reading skills, so important to future success in school and careers. Click and read the district’s news blog here. There’s a video […]…

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