Pearl TMS Releases Secure, Free, Mobile App for Tutors

Pearl TMS Releases Secure, Free, Mobile App for Tutors

Original source: AP News

Tutoring app will deliver even more data-driven results for districts, state agencies and organizations

RICHMOND, VA (July 10, 2024) – Pearl, the nation’s leading tutoring platform that powers evidence-based tutoring, announced today the launch of its first mobile application. The Pearl TMS app, designed specifically for instructors, will further maximize outcomes through the Pearl tutor management system (TMS) and deliver even more data-driven results for districts, state agencies, and organizations.

Combining classroom and administration tools to single sign-on, and scheduling, the Pearl TMS app, powered by its data-driven tutoring software, provides access to features that help tutors spend quality time instructing while also meeting the highest security standards for student data.

The Pearl TMS app features include:

  • Google Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • Secure Tutor Access
  • Simplified Schedule Dashboard + Calendar View
  • Real-Time Session Tracking Data for Attendance and more
  • Comprehensive Reporting Tools, including Surveys
  • Private Session Recording

“This app is designed to remove the barriers from in-person tutoring data collection. With the release of the Pearl TMS app, states, districts, and tutoring vendors have the ability to gather data about in-person tutoring sessions that organizations need for mandated reporting and future research. For example, by collecting audio files of in-person sessions, there are immense opportunities for AI and Machine Learning to improve instruction and personalized learning curriculums. Our ecosystem partners are especially interested in the new frontier of data analysis that this app unlocks” states John Failla, Pearl CEO & Founder.

“The Pearl app has been a true game-changer,” says Ashleigh Trice, High-Dosage Tutoring Project Coordinator at the New Mexico Public Education Department and an early adopter of Pearl’s innovative mobile solution. “Its user-friendly interface and all-in-one functionality are incredibly valuable to our program and our tutors. Recently, a colleague needed to save notes and record audio during an in-person session. With Pearl, I easily demonstrated how four clicks within the app handled attendance, recording, and everything else – it is amazing!”

The Pearl TMS app is available for download in the Apple and Google Play stores at no cost to tutors who are currently using the Pearl platform. Pearl is VPAT certified and uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the infrastructure for its SaaS platform, which provides an infrastructure of security, availability, and scalability.

Based in Richmond, VA, Pearl is the leading tutor management platform and ecosystem that powers evidence-based tutoring to streamline operations, report actionable data, and improve outcomes for districts, state agencies and independent organizations. The platform fully integrates classroom and administrative tools allowing its partners to start, scale and sustain data-driven, secure 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 National Student Support Accelerator at Stanford University, Centers for Research and Reform at Johns Hopkins University, and Deans for Impact. For a full list of Pearl’s ecosystem members and to learn more, visit TutorwithPearl.com.

Fit Learning Online Partners with Interactive Learning Platform, Pearl

Fit Learning Online Partners with Interactive Learning Platform, Pearl

Original source: Yahoo! Finance

Accessing behavior science approach to learning from the learner’s home has never been easier and more high tech solution oriented

NEW YORK, June 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Fit Learning Online, an organization with an approach to education rooted in the revolutionary science of behavior, announces a partnership with Pearl, a leading research-driven tutoring management system that powers evidence-based programs to streamline operations, report actionable data, and improve outcomes of students. Launched together ahead of summer tutoring enrollments, this partnership enables innovative online learning experiences, with the integration of Fit Learning’s transformative learning model and Pearl’s high impact tutoring management system for students in grades 1st – college, across the U.S.

Summer enrollments with Fit Learning Online produce 1 to 2 years’ gain in core academic skills such that a learner has the opportunity to catch up or get ahead before the next school year. The Fit Reading, Fit Math, or Fit Logic programs produce true mastery, or fluency, in essential literacy, computation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills that ensure a learner’s success during the next school year.

For over 20 years, scientist-educator Kimberly Nix Berens Ph.D. and the Fit Learning team have developed and refined a powerful system of instruction based on behavior science, which has transformed the learning abilities of thousands of children worldwide, including those who are struggling, average, gifted, or learning disabled.

Now an online learning platform, this system consistently produces over one year’s growth in 40 hours of instruction. The Fit Learning Online program stems from the Fit Learning traditional programs which target areas such as basic classroom readiness, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, comprehension, inferential language, basic and advanced mathematics, grammar, and expressive writing.

From a deep rooted passion for behavioral approaches to learning, and her early beginnings in a broom closet at the University of Nevada – Reno, Dr. Berens has helped grow Fit Learning to an organization that has impacted thousands of students worldwide.

“With 70% of American school children below proficiency in reading – along with all other academic subjects – the educational crisis we are facing as a nation has been a crisis since the dawn of our public education system,” says Dr. Kimberly Berens. “This crisis is not new, and we are in a vicious cycle of failure because the educational establishment functions as an ideological institution, rather than a scientific one.”

“From Dakota Dreams to Guilford County, NC and the Illinois Tutoring Initiative, the Pearl Tutoring Management System securely powers the nations most successful tutoring programs,” said John Failla founder and CEO. “We are thrilled Fit Learning Online has chosen Pearl to be its trusted partner to start, scale and sustain their evidence-based tutoring.”

Learners will be able to access Fit Learning Online x Pearl where they will be able to utilize tools including intelligent matching, document sharing, virtual classrooms, and comprehensive reporting. For more information visit tutorwithpearl.com.

ABOUT FIT LEARNING ONLINE
In addition to in-person sessions conducted at 22 brick and mortar locations, Fit Learning has been conducting online sessions since 2013. However, the arrival of COVID in 2020 led to the scaling of Fit Learning’s tried-and-true in-person method to a fully virtual setting. The result of that effort indicated that the same remarkable results are produced during online sessions as during live, in-person sessions. Fit Learning Online was born out of necessity, but it has thrived because of its effectiveness. Parents save time and alleviate the hassle of driving back and forth to lessons without sacrificing the achievement of their students. Fit Learning Online sessions lead students to achieve fluency, or true mastery, in every foundational skill area essential for long-term academic success: reading, math, logic, and writing. Fit Learning Online also offers a complete homeschooling program for families looking for a highly effective alternative to traditional education. www.fitlearningonline.com

ABOUT PEARL
Based in Richmond, VA, Pearl is the only tutor management platform and ecosystem that powers evidence-based tutoring to streamline operations, report actionable data, and improve outcomes for districts, state agencies and independent organizations. The platform fully integrates classroom and administrative tools allowing its partners to start, scale and sustain data-driven, secure 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 National Student Support Accelerator at Stanford University, Centers for Research and Reform at Johns Hopkins University, and Deans For Impact. For a full list of Pearl’s ecosystem members and to learn more, visit TutorwithPearl.com.

ABOUT KIMBERLY NIX BERENS, Ph.D.
Kimberly Nix Berens, Ph.D. is the Founder of Fit Learning and CEO of Fit Learning Online. She co-created a powerful system of instruction based in behavior science and the Technology of Teaching, which has transformed the learning abilities of thousands of children worldwide. For more than 25 years, her system of instruction has produced at least one year’s worth of academic growth in only 40 hours of training. Her learning programs effectively target such essential areas as early learning skills, basic classroom readiness, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, comprehension, inferential language, basic and advanced mathematics, logical problem solving, grammar, and expressive writing. From her early beginnings in a broom closet at the University of Nevada – Reno, Dr. Berens has helped grow Fit Learning to an organization with centers located throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. In her current role as CEO of Fit Learning Online, she focuses on increasing access for learners living in regions without a Fit Learning center. Dr. Berens is a frequent invited speaker and a contributor to many popular press publications such as Thrive Global, 74 Million, and Medium. Her first book, Blind Spots: Why Students Fail and the Science That Can Save Them, was released in October of 2020.

Illinois Tutoring Initiative (ITI) Advocacy Day

Illinois Tutoring Initiative (ITI) Advocacy Day

John Failla, CEO and founder of Pearl, joined the Illinois Tutoring Initiative (ITI) at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield for a successful Advocacy Day before the House of Representatives.

Key Highlights:

  • ITI’s impactful testimony: During their House of Representatives appropriations committee hearing, ITI captivated the committee with their unique approach. Legislators were particularly impressed by how ITI goes beyond traditional tutoring and fosters community building within districts.
  • Mitigating Learning Loss: ITI’s data-driven approach to addressing learning loss resonated strongly.
  • Developing Future Educators: The “Grow-Your-Own” model’s ability to cultivate a local talent pipeline for education was well-received. A participating superintendent even highlighted their success in hiring four ITI tutors for various roles within their district.
  • Community Investment: The concept of keeping funding within the state and directly impacting local communities through ITI’s program was highly attractive

Successful Meetings:

The day included productive meetings with key legislators, including:

  • Senator Michael Halpin
  • Representative Sharon Chung
  • Senator Tom Bennett
  • Senator Dave Koehler

This event solidified ITI’s impactful model and Pearl’s role in supporting it. The day’s success paves the way for continued growth and positive outcomes for Illinois students and communities.

Topics of Interest:

Senators and Reps were very interested in the ITI program. They were especially interested in this model because of the added impact it makes in their communities vs. working with tutoring vendors. The points that resonated the most are:

  • Learning Loss: ITI is truly mitigating learning loss in their districts and has the data / efficacy reports to back it up.
  • Pipeline Development: All of the legislatures caught onto the fact that this program also develops a talent pipeline in the backyard. We had a superintendent join us who hired 4 ITI tutors to work across their school. The roles they hired included a teacher, substitute, paraprofessional, and even a new bus driver. Andy Jordan at Donovan is the super who joined us and is a super that is working with ITI.
  • Community Investment: One area that resonated the most was around keeping the dollars in their community. When a state signs a contract with a vendor, those dollars leave the community and go to neighboring states (or even countries). When a state launches a grow-your-own program, they are keeping the vast majority of dollars in the state and are stimulating the economy by giving people more than a livable wage.

 

 

Learn more about the Illinois Tutoring Initiative.

2023 Pearl Year-In-Review

2023 Pearl Year-In-Review

As we close out another year, we can say with 100% confidence that 2023 has been a wild ride!

At Pearl, we are grateful to all our Tutoring Partners, Ecosystem Partners, Pearl Team Members, and Instructors that have invested their time, energy, and commitment into fostering student success through both in-person and virtual high-impact tutoring.

“Weathering the Storm”: Federal Efforts Helped Bolster U.S. Education Standing Among Peer Nations

“Weathering the Storm”: Federal Efforts Helped Bolster U.S. Education Standing Among Peer Nations

Reposted from: The White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 5, 2023. The OECD released international testing data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The PISA measures 15-year-olds’ performance in math, science, and reading worldwide every three years.[1] The previous assessment was done in 2018 and the recent release was conducted in 2022–allowing for an examination of COVID’s impact on students and of global recovery efforts.

Read full article.

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Pearl Tutoring and Ecosystem Partners:

Illinois Tutoring Initiative
National Student Support Accelerator

Pearl Research Affiliate:
National Partnership for Student Success

Gov. Youngkin’s announces millions to combat learning loss in Virginia

Gov. Youngkin’s announces millions to combat learning loss in Virginia

Original source: WSLS News 10, Roanoke VA

ROANOKE, Va. – Governor Glenn Youngkin wants to make sure students in Virginia succeed in the classroom.

Disappointed by the results of recent SOL test scores, his administration is investing millions to make sure children get the extra help they need.

“$418 million to combat learning loss, ” Governor Youngkin said at a press conference in early September.

Governor Glenn Youngkin announces money to help students achieve in the classroom after not doing well because of COVID-19 as part of his “All In Virginia.” The plan targets three areas which include addressing a statewide tutoring initiative.

“When I say intensive, I mean intensive focused on math and reading dealing with the foundational years from 3rd to 8th grade,” Youngkin said.

“I believe half the numbers of third through 8th graders are falling behind in reading,” CEO of Pearl John Failla said.

Failla and his team are working and state education leaders to develop a tutoring program to help those with learning loss.

PEARL works with universities like Johns Hopkins.

This is the first year that PEARL Leaders are working with school divisions across the Commonwealth to make their tutoring programs stronger to help those students who are behind.

“At the end of the day, there’s no time to waste here, if there’s a student that needs help today, and there’s no tutor in that community, I believe it’s imperative to get that student paired up with a virtual tutor,” Failla said.

10 News reached out to school divisions across the state and Lynchburg and Henry County Schools are planning to meet in a conference next week to review tutoring options.

Roanoke County Schools have a free online tutoring program called “Just in Time.” It provides students in grades 6-12 with an immediate online live tutor 24 hours per day/7 days a week.

If a student is struggling with independent work, they can get immediate help to get them unstuck, even if they are at home late at night.

“Making sure we target those students, we know who those students are specifically,” Dr. Ken Nicely said.

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