Students using one of our new HP laptops
Thank you for your generous support of the Tutorpedia Foundation! We’re happy to have you as part of our family and the movement to provide high-quality, personalized tutoring and related education services to all students, regardless of socioeconomic background.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with the Tutorpedia Foundation these past few months. It’s hard to believe that four months have already flown by since I joined the team as the Operations Manager. Since February, we have made big strides in our program development and gathered inspiring stories of academic growth and increased confidence in our students. We have several projects in the queue for the summer to build our capacity, increase effectiveness, and complete our strategic plan with the help of our board and nonprofit consulting firm, Third Plateau
. Stay tuned and read on for specific updates since our last project report!
1. Generous Donation from HP!
In April, the Tutorpedia Foundation received a generous donation of 9 new laptops from Hewlett Packard! The computers will be loaned to tutors and site coordinators to engage students and utilize multimedia during sessions.
2. Program Update
This academic year we’ve run 9 programs through the Tutorpedia Foundation and served over 100 underprivileged students across the Bay Area. Dr. Amy Morgenstern of Blue Stars Admissions Consulting has also recently begun volunteering her time to provide invaluable college counseling with one of our scholarship students. Thank you, Dr. M!
3. Spotlight on Diana and her Student Gina
Diana D., one of our amazing tutors, shared this session note with us last week demonstrating the tremendous growth of one of her students. To protect the identity of this student, her name has been changed to Gina. Earlier this year, Diana D. began working with Gina, a sophomore in high school with significant literacy challenges. See the heartwarming message Diana D. shares about one of their most recent tutorial sessions, below:
“On Thursday, Gina and I had an incredible session. We worked for the whole time on a workbook designed to improve her study habits. It addressed topics such as organization and note-taking and other study skills. As Gina began to read the workbook out loud, I noticed that her fluency was very good and that she was reading longer words like "confidence" and “organization” without a problem. Each time she read one of these longer words, I found myself catching my breath in surprise. I remarked to her how impressed I was with her reading, and Gina responded with a proud and knowing smile. I told her I wanted to try something out, and wrote down the word "actually" and asked her to read it. She looked at the word and a second later read it correctly. "Actually." I almost burst into tears! I reminded her that during the second session we had together, back in February, she was unable to read this word. "Really?" she said. She looked shocked and very proud. I couldn't help crying a bit from happiness. We gave each other a hug and continued reading. I am so grateful to have been able to watch Gina improve so dramatically over the course of just a few months, and I very much look forward to seeing her for the last time next week. During one of the two hours she will be taking a post-test, and I can't wait to see how she does.”
4. New Video from the 2012 Benefit
Many of you were kind enough to attend or support the Tutorpedia Foundation February fundraiser: For the Love of Education. For those of you who couldn't make it -- or those of you who want to re-live the conversation -- we're excited to share a few highlights from our panel discussion. Check out the video here to listen to renowned education experts Alan Lowenthal, Linda Darling-Hammond, Ninive Calegari,and Kyle Beckham share their views on why it is essential that we find a way to personalize education for every student.
Thanks again for your continued support of our work at the Tutorpedia Foundation. Your generosity and spirit help us further our mission of building a class of one for every student and expanding educational equity among our community of learners. If you are interested in being further engaged with our work, please email us at email@example.com. We love to hear from you!