AASA Partners with Online Instructional Platform to Bolster Classroom Teaching

For Immediate Release

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – March 8, 2018 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is pleased to announce a partnership with iTutor.com, an online portal that delivers personalized, online learning, featuring customized instructional support for students, using state-certified teachers in virtual classrooms.

Favorably reviewed recently by the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE), the company seamlessly extends the positive impact of teachers to improve academic outcomes — entirely via the Internet.

“We are excited to welcome iTutor as one of our School Solutions partners and feature them as an exclusive, online-learning partner for AASA members,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “A form of personalized learning, iTutor allows students and teachers to make the digital transition a reality with a just a few clicks. Through technology, iTutor is an example of taking one-to-one instruction a significant step forward as we work to address the individual needs of our students.”

In the report, CRRE researchers note that “the uniqueness of the (iTutor) program is that instruction is tailored to the materials provided by the individual teachers in partner schools.” This approach helps to ensure a continuity of instruction across classroom and tutoring environments and seamlessly extends the impacts of those teachers with iTutor’s educators in combination with reliable technology.

CRRE praises iTutor for its program design, instructional sequencing, tutor training and program evaluation: “In synchronous tutoring environments, the tutor can identify areas of learner weakness in real-time, and modify instruction accordingly. … Instant feedback is another hallmark of synchronous tutoring and 1:1 instruction.”

The report notes that by using state-certified teachers who receive regular feedback and professional coaching, iTutor allows educators to continually sharpen their practice in working with diverse student populations in the virtual classroom. And it finds that iTutor’s technology, including an LMS which provides school administrators with progress reports and attendance information, as well as a virtual whiteboard, document sharing, video, voice and chat — all in real time — to be user-friendly and easy to navigate.

“We are honored and proud of Johns Hopkins University’s review of iTutor, our approach to live, online instruction, and the tremendous results we’ve been able to achieve with students throughout the nation. We believe that humanizing technology in education service delivery is a key marketplace disruptor that is distinctly ours,” said iTutor founder and CEO Harry Aurora.  “At the same time, we recognize there is even more we can and should do to build on our success and, more importantly, deliver for our students, their teachers and our school partners.”
 
Aurora added that iTutor is taking steps to implement the recommendations included in the Johns Hopkins Design Review, including the development of a robust, online toolbox of tutoring materials; modeling appropriate on-camera behavior for tutors; and improving student assessment systems.
 
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About iTutor
iTutor offers the most effective online instructional platform available to school districts, schools, and individual students today. iTutor’s virtual teaching platform allows educators to create meaningful, one-on-one relationships with students, and to deliver any course, at any time. iTutor has helped thousands of students achieve success in homebound instruction, credit recovery, test preparation, bilingual instruction, and after school tutoring. Find more information on iTutor at www.itutor.com.

About the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Center for Research and Reform in Education
The Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) is a research center within Johns Hopkins School of Education. Established in 2004, its major goal is to improve the quality of education for children in grades pre-K to 12 through high-quality research and evaluation studies and the dissemination of evidence-based research. CRRE is a multi-faceted organization, offering client-driven research and evaluation services, while also publishing a website, magazine, newsletter, and blog dedicated to providing stakeholders with rigorous evidence of effective educational practices.
Find more information on CRRE at http://archive.education.jhu.edu/research/crre/.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.