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Innovations for Learning has a new website!

We’re happy to announce our new website: www.innovationsforlearning.org We designed it to clearly tell our story:  Why we’re putting our efforts into teaching reading in the earliest grades in underperforming schools in the U.S. and in communities in the developing world. How we’re doing that, using technology, tutors and teachers. The great results we’re seeing. Please […]…

JPMorgan Chase hosts digital-education innovators

Seth Weinberger, Innovations’ founder and executive director, joined education thinkers Joel Rose and Nichole Pinkard today in a discussion at the University of Chicago about the future of technology in education. The three were panelists at a seminar for JPMorgan Chase Private Clients. Rose, co-founder and CEO of New Classrooms Innovation Partners, works with schools to individualize teaching for students. Pinkard, a visiting sssociate […]…

‘With technology, they’re right there with it’

  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – First-grade teacher Frances Curry had an iPod Touch in her fingers and a pair of headphones on her ears. She peered at the three-inch screen, her fingers tapping. Then she paused. And smiled. “The kid reads a word,” she said, “and then the program tells him to say the word. […]…

Staff reflections: Cary Zakon

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: Cary Zakon, Director of TutorMate Operations. As I enter into my second decade with Innovations for Learning, I am as excited and motivated […]…

Tutor: ‘I am very proud to be part of it all’

With the school year ending, many Innovations for Learning tutors are visiting the classrooms to meet in person the children whose progress in reading they’ve been guiding long distance, via telephone and computer. Jacqui Howze, an administrative assistant at the law firm DLA Piper LLP in Chicago’s Loop, remotely tutored a young boy at Fiske […]…

Staff reflections: Seth Weinberger

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: Seth Weinberger, founder and CEO. A good account of Seth’s background and history with IFL can be found here.  He wrote the following […]…

IFL off to a high-altitude start in Denver

At most Innovation for Learning end-of-the-year get-togethers, tutors travel to schools to finally meet the students they’ve been helping each week over the Internet. Denver did it differently. On Wednesday, buses delivered children from two elementary schools to the city’s Janus Capital Group headquarters for a rooftop party. Some 40 first-graders from the two schools, […]…

U.S. lags far behind in pre-school

  The United States is lagging far behind much of the developed world when it comes to enrolling children in preschool programs. The U.S. ranks 24th and 26th among Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in the enrollment and three- and four-year-olds, respectively, reports the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank: […]…

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