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Sunnyside Unified School District (AZ) partners with Innovations for Learning


The Sunnyside Unified School District announced today that it is joining forces with Innovations for Learning and will begin using both the TeacherMate and the TutorMate programs this fall.

The full press release follows:

Sunnyside Unified School District Partners with Innovations for Learning

August 11th—Tucson, AZ: Sunnyside Unified School District has teamed with Evanston, IL based Innovations for Learning, a non-profit, to implement their Teachermate and Tutormate initiatives, the district announced today.

Kindergarten and first grade classrooms, 50 in total, in five district elementary schools will implement these programs beginning this Fall.  A total of 1,300 students will participate in this effort.

Innovations for Learning will assist the district in implementing a blended-learning model, combining technology and face-to-face teaching, focusing on literacy in kindergarten and first grade.

The schools will use Innovations’ TeacherMate program on tablet devices; and the TutorMate program, which taps local corporate volunteers in a unique way.

“SUSD is an excellent partnership for Innovations for Learning to add. This district is beyond ready for tech integration at the primary level,” says Barbara Gilbert, the group’s national education director. “We look forward to working with Sunnyside to increase student literacy.”

The program will launch in Craycroft, Elvira, Esperanza, Los Amigos and Ocotillo schools. Training will begin this summer and the programs will launch in September, 2014.

TeacherMate leverages technology to help teachers succeed with individualized instruction in the classroom, as well as provides the teacher and parents with information about how students are performing in their independent reading work. Designed for tablet devices, TeacherMate puts the teacher in the center of reading instruction, providing unparalleled control of all aspects of beginning reading instruction. TeacherMate makes small group instruction differentiated, engaging, streamlined, and more efficient. The technology makes individualized instruction a reality.

TutorMate allows corporate volunteers to dial into classrooms to share an interactive reading session with students using Skype technology and Innovations for Learning programs.

Volunteers connect with students virtually for 30 minutes once a week from anywhere they have access to the Internet. Innovations for Learning provides the technology and software in the classroom to connect students to caring adults throughout the community to help them improve their learning.

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