Pearl Convenes Inaugural Community Tutoring Partnerships Summit Attended by State, University and District Leaders Across 18 States

Pearl Convenes Inaugural Community Tutoring Partnerships Summit Attended by State, University and District Leaders Across 18 States

Participants curated best practices that underscore the importance of diversifying tutor supply, establishing training and professional development pathways, and using evidence to validate programs

RICHMOND, Va. — Pearl, the leading research-based tutor management platform, announced today insights from its inaugural Community Tutoring Partnerships Summit focused on the rise of community tutoring partnerships. Community tutoring partnerships bring together states, districts and higher education institutions to leverage existing community resources with the goal of developing sustainable tutoring programs designed to solve each community’s greatest needs. 

The first-of-its-kind day-long virtual summit was attended by leaders spanning 18 states and 39 higher education institutions serving hundreds of districts nationwide.  The event highlighted evidence-based strategies and lessons from the nation’s leading community-tutoring experts including Dr. Christy Borders E.d.D, Director of the Illinois Tutoring Initiative at Illinois State University, Faith Freeman P.h.D, Co-Director of Institute for Partnerships in Education at University North Carolina GreensboroSusanna Loeb P.h.D, Director of the Annenberg Institute of School Reform at Brown University, and Patrick Steck, Senior Director of Policy for Deans for Impact. 

“Community-designed partnerships as a segment are showing significant promise in the fight against learning loss,” said John Failla, CEO and co-founder of Pearl. “These partnerships enable local school systems to build sustainable innovation right into their model. The result is a meaningful, measurable impact to lead to academic outcomes.”

During the summit, the National Student Support Accelerator also launched its inaugural Higher Education Toolkit, a playbook aimed to support Higher Education Institutions in partnering with school districts to offer high-impact tutoring services. The biggest takeaway from the convening was a unanimous consensus among key stakeholders that understanding how to retain, recruit, manage and support tutors is the most pressing issue to ensure tutoring is sustainable and effective in driving student outcomes.

With the Biden administration calling for an additional 250,000 tutors and mentors to help students make up for lost instruction time due to the pandemic, tutoring has emerged as an essential component of K-12 education. Researchers, across multiple studies, find that high-impact tutoring can dramatically accelerate student achievement. 

However, creating an evidence-based tutoring program can be daunting, especially during unprecedented education staffing shortages and uncertainty on resources post ARP-ESSER funding. Schools and districts have significant questions about recruiting, training and coaching tutors, choosing the most efficacious compensation model and how to ensure sustained funding in the future, and how to structure and measure the performance of a wide variety of critical interventions. 

Having partnered with multiple state, university and district-led community-tutoring programs since 2020, Pearl is developing the nation’s most diverse dataset in the tutoring industry. The platform is foundational for managing and scaling hybrid tutoring through evidence-based best practices in collaboration with the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and its National Student Support Accelerator (NSSA) to safely gather data to continuously improve program design and measurably accelerate student outcomes. In March, Pearl announced that it had joined the innovative community-based tutoring program endorsed by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin in partnership with the Urban Leagues of Hampton Roads and Greater Richmond and four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Failla concludes, “Certain geographies and specialties are in deeper need today, and they’re seeking guidance and evidence to stand as clear examples for how to build high-impact tutoring programs based on efficacy. These best practices curated by our participants at state and district levels can serve as that north star.”

To read more about the ten key takeaways from the Community Tutoring Partner Summit, visit https://tutorwithpearl.com/pearl-community-tutoring-partnership-summit-2023-2/ 

About Pearl

Based in Richmond, VA, Pearl is the leading research-based tutor management platform that streamlines operations, reports actionable data, and improves outcomes for districts, state agencies and organizations tutoring tomorrow’s workforce, today. The platform’s fully integrated classroom and administrative tools allow its partners to launch, scale and sustain evidence-based tutoring to support measurable outcomes for all communities. The Pearl ecosystem provides access to the nation’s largest and most respected industry partners including the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and the National Student Support Accelerator at Stanford University.  For more information visit TutorwithPearl.com.

Pearl Joins Urban Leagues of Hampton Roads, Greater Richmond, Four HBCUs to Launch Tutoring Programs

Pearl Joins Urban Leagues of Hampton Roads, Greater Richmond, Four HBCUs to Launch Tutoring Programs

Tutor management and efficacy provider Pearl will manage and measurably scale tutoring to thousands of underserved middle and high school students

Richmond, VA (March 7, 2023) Pearl, the leading tutor intelligence and efficacy platform, today announced it has joined the innovative community-based tutoring program endorsed by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin in partnership with the Urban Leagues of Hampton Roads and Greater Richmond and four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In an effort to address critical learning gaps, the program will employ hundreds of HBCU students as tutors and mentors to middle and high school students throughout their communities.

As part of the initiative, Pearl will initially support the Urban Leagues of Hampton Roads and Greater Richmond to launch and manage tutoring for nearly 1500 students in Hampton City School District and Petersburg City Public Schools over the next two years with plans to expand the program to Richmond City and other districts in underserved communities. Participating HBCUs include Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Union University. 

“I’m thrilled that Pearl’s all-in-one tutor management and efficacy platform is partnering with our treasured Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This partnership is a testament to the commitment we have made to help high and middle schoolers in their communities get caught up in school,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Pearl is the perfect example of the kind of collaborative, inventive partnership we want to see across the Commonwealth to support our students.”

“Faced with enormous learning loss and displacements, we are honored to join these outstanding partners in this first-of-its-kind, governor-endorsed tutoring program to launch and scale measurable tutoring support,” said John Failla, CEO and co-founder of Pearl. “Community-based tutoring is proving to be a sustainable modality to support both social-emotional learning and academic outcomes. We are especially excited about being able to serve the students across our home state of Virginia.”

In announcing the partnerships, Governor Youngkin described it as a “breakthrough initiative” focused on learning loss recovery by recruiting HBCU college students in “transformational tutoring partnerships.” Gill Bland, President and CEO of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, said the undertaking would “provide academic enrichment options through enhanced opportunities for tutoring and mentorship.” Interim CEO of Urban League of Greater Richmond, Larry Murphy added that the partnership is a “great opportunity to connect resources and services for the most ‘at promise’ students in Virginia.”

“Virginia 4th graders had the largest decline in math and reading scores as reported on the Nation’s Report Card; we are on the cusp of losing a generation of our children due to historic learning loss,” said Aimee Guilderia, Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  “This inspiring partnership will change this trajectory and ensure that our children get back on track for academic and lifelong success.”

Having partnered with multiple state, university and district-led community-tutoring programs, Pearl is developing the nation’s most diverse dataset in the tutoring industry. The platform is foundational for managing and scaling hybrid tutoring through evidence-based best practices and collaborates with the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and its National Student Support Accelerator (NSSA) to safely gather data to continuously improve program design and measurably accelerate student outcomes.

For more information about Pearl’s tutor management and efficacy platform for states, districts and enterprise tutoring companies to launch, manage and measurably scale hybrid tutoring programs, please visit: www.tutorwithpearl.com 

About Pearl

Richmond-based Pearl is committed to scaling sustainable, evidence-based tutoring to support measurable academic outcomes for all students. The platform’s fully integrated classroom and administrative tools allow enterprise tutoring companies, academic organizations, districts, and states to launch and scale hybrid tutoring programs with ease. Whether instruction occurs online or in person, Pearl’s all-in-one tutor management system provides education decision-makers with the tools needed to improve student learning. Additionally, in collaboration with the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and its National Student Support Accelerator, Pearl safely collects and protects the necessary data to prove efficacy and improve program design to ensure all students thrive. To learn more about Pearl, visit TutorwithPearl.com.

 

Breaking Down the 3 Benefits of District Partnerships in Higher Education

Breaking Down the 3 Benefits of District Partnerships in Higher Education

Across the nation, Community Partnerships are forming, where HigherEd institutions partner with local K/12 school districts to provide evidence-based tutoring to younger students in their backyard. These partnerships offer states and districts an interesting alternative to traditional, for-profit tutoring partnerships. These community partnerships offer 3 unique advantages that could lead to a greater impact on student success than traditional tutoring programs and a more sustainable tutoring model. 

  1. If designed correctly, these partnerships can help improve the academic achievement of K/12 students. Providing access to high-impact tutoring, which meets the standards set forth by the National Student Support Accelerator, gives students the individualized support they need to succeed in school and mitigate learning loss. This can help close the achievement gap and ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed.
  1. These partnerships can provide valuable professional development opportunities for university students interested in careers in education and create a pipeline of talent for local districts. By participating in tutoring programs, university students can gain hands-on experience working with K/12 students and can develop the skills and knowledge they need to become effective educators. They will also build relationships with local principals and superintendents, leading to career opportunities in the schools and inevitably addressing the teacher shortage. Deans For Impact is a non-profit that is focusing on these partnerships and has developed specific training content for future educators who are participating in community-tutoring partnerships. 
  1. Last but certainly not least, these local partnerships between universities and local school districts can foster a sense of pride and ownership within the community. By working together to support the academic success of K/12 students, universities and schools can demonstrate their commitment to the local community and can help build stronger, more supportive relationships with families and other community members. Because both the university and district are in the same town/region, these programs can provide more culturally relevant instruction and mentorship to their students. We see this in the state of Virginia, where Urban Leagues are partnering with HBCUs to provide academic mentorship to students in local districts. This approach can help create a sense of shared responsibility for student success.

Overall, these sustainable partnerships between universities and local school districts can provide a wide range of benefits for K/12 students, university students, and the community as a whole. By providing evidence-based tutoring and other support, such partnerships can help improve academic achievement, develop a talent pipeline for future teachers, and create a more collaborative, supportive learning environment for all students.