FY 2022 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competition Announcement

Education Innovation and Research EIR 2022 Grant

The Department of Education recently announced details for this year’s Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR) that will award $160 million dollars to projects addressing educational challenges with evidence-based solutions that can be scaled to serve a larger number of students. This annual competition is focused on exploring new ways to address persistent challenges educators…

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Increasing the Impact of High-Impact Tutoring with Accelerate

High-Impact Tutoring Accelerate Nonprofit

In April 2022, the team at Pearl was excited to hear about the launch of Accelerate, a new nonprofit organization on a mission to embed high-impact tutoring programs in public schools across the US. With schools still struggling with widespread learning loss stemming from the pandemic, and districts still figuring out how to best apply…

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The Nationwide Teacher Shortage Is Real 

Teacher Shortage

So how are we going to find all those tutors we need? 2021 saw the birth of the so-called Great Resignation as, around the nation, workers fled jobs by the droves. Many businesses laid-off workers because of a lack of customers. Some workers used the opportunity to finally switch careers and leave behind jobs they…

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How ARP ESSER Is Changing the Tutoring Landscape

ARP ESSER Tutoring

Learning loss is one of the most alarming impacts of the pandemic as COVID-19 upended — and continues to disrupt — day-to-day life in communities around the world. Initially, the pandemic led schools to shutter their doors and attempt improvised distance learning. Using curricula designed for in-person classrooms, educators with little to no online teaching…

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Interview with Susanna Loeb (Part III): Tutoring Strategies and the Effectiveness of Remote Learning

Susanna Loeb Annenberg Institute

Across the country, education leaders are scrambling to address the pandemic’s detrimental impacts on student learning. One of the biggest questions school districts are trying to answer is how to find the most effective tutoring strategies to combat learning loss.  Dr. Susanna Loeb, director of the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, and her colleagues propose…

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Interview with Susanna Loeb (Part II): The Annenberg Institute’s National Student Support Accelerator

Susanna Loeb Annenberg Institute

By now, every educator in America has seen firsthand the results of learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While covid has negatively impacted most students, it has especially exacerbated pre-existing educational inequities for low-income and other at-risk students. The impacts of the pandemic on the educational system are both immediate and long-term, as alarming…

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Interview with Susanna Loeb (Part I): How High-Impact Tutoring Helps At-Risk Students Impacted by COVID-19 

Susanna Loeb Annenberg Institute

Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the combined consequences on health, the economy, and K-12 schools started to take their toll. Students around the country found themselves attending classes online from home, but while some thrived, many experienced hardships and struggled to stay engaged. The pandemic’s effects were especially hard on students from low-income families,…

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What Is a Virtual Classroom?

What Is a Virtual Classroom

The recent COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual classrooms across the globe but what exactly is a virtual classroom? The concept of remote learning has evolved significantly over the years with the rise of affordable personal computers and internet service. These days, students of all ages from anywhere in the world can easily engage…

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What Is High-Impact Tutoring?

What Is High Impact Tutoring

Is your child struggling to keep up with school? COVID-19 disrupted the education system, but high-impact tutoring is the solution. Learn how your kids can benefit from it. COVID-19 may be under control for now, but the consequences it left behind continue to affect our lives. In the education sector, student outcomes are now seeing…

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10 Benefits of Hybrid Learning

Benefits of hybrid learning

Hybrid learning (and blended learning) are education buzzword that we’ve heard a lot since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In our last blog post, we explored what hybrid learning means, how it’s different from blended learning, and how educators can adopt it in their classroom. Now, to better understand how this education phenomenon became so wildly…

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