Saga Education | May 10, 2021
Saga Education, the national nonprofit behind one of the country's most studied personalized tutoring services, has announced the introduction of Saga Coach, a free, self-paced educational training portal that covers the basic components of successful tutoring. Saga's expertise as an established implementer of high-dosage, high-impact tutoring programs targeting thousands of students in large U.S. school districts such as Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Broward County, Fla., is at the heart of the training.
According to research, children in the wake of the pandemic learned just 87% of the reading and 67% of the math that their grade-level counterparts learned during more typical years. While more schools prepare for Summer and Fall 2021, state and district leaders are planning to launch elevated tutoring services to ensure students have extra resources to make up for the learning time lost this year. Saga Coach provides school leaders with a one-of-a-kind, self-paced preparation curriculum that will assist them in easily preparing new tutors for this job at scale.
"Leaders at the state and district levels recognize the importance of addressing the major learning disruptions that have occurred during the last year. When tutoring is handled properly, it can do more than just help students catch up; it can also help them thrive "AJ Gutierrez, co-founder of Saga Education, said. "As per University of Chicago research, students will gain two and a half years of math progress in one year by tutoring. Saga Coach takes the lessons we've learned and applies them to every organization, school district, or program that wants to incorporate tutoring."
The virtual platform for Saga Coach is based on Saga's expertise providing over 2 million hours of tutoring. The online curriculum provides 19 self-paced modules on key areas that help tutors excel, such as building relationships with students and structuring an effective tutorial. Saga Coach is accessible on mobile devices and can be reached at any time and from any location.
Learning modules that comprise Saga's basic training are unlocked as tutors progress. Saga's modules concentrate on three critical subjects for successful tutoring: relationship, ratio, and rigor.
The platform has an engaging dashboard where tutors can work through the various units at their own pace, capture reflections, track progress, and engage with the tutoring community.
"The difficulties that school districts face when introducing high-dose tutoring programs stem from the hiring and training of potential tutors, many of whom may not be qualified educators," said Krista Marks, Chief Product Officer at Saga Education. "We expect that by offering Saga Coach as a free, self-paced training platform, organizations can use it to deliver quality pre-service training for their tutors. The interactive course is intended to be engaging and to offer tutors agency over the journey of learning the fundamental skills of becoming a successful tutor."
The University of Chicago Education Lab has studied Saga Education's comprehensive math tutoring model in Chicago Public Schools and New York City since 2013, discovering that it significantly increases learning outcomes for high school students. In two randomized controlled trials, students who got Saga tutoring studied up to two and a half years of math in one academic year – the equivalent to closing up to half of the black-white test score difference in one school year. Saga's tutoring paradigm has cut math course failure rates by 60%, according to the randomized trials.
About Saga Education
Saga Education is an evidence-based, personalized tutoring intervention that aims to provide students who are struggling with math the trust and intellectual strength they need to graduate high school and fulfill their goals. Fast Company added the organization to the distinguished list of the World's Most Innovative Educational Companies in 2020, recognizing it for its evidence-based, scalable tutoring program that targets students in high-need schools.
iDatafy | March 01, 2022
iDatafy, an industry-leader in education technology, and the National Student Clearinghouse announced a partnership today that will make it easy for learners throughout the nation to create Comprehensive Learner Records on the SmartResume platform, while also connecting employers with diverse job talent in a new way.
Through this partnership, learners using the Clearinghouse’s Myhub digital wallet will be able to connect their credentials to iDatafy’s SmartResume, IMS Global certified, Comprehensive Learner Record solution. The Myhub platform, which is FERPA compliant, provides an educational digital wallet containing verified academic credentials that empowers learners with a single, secure location to curate all achievements from a variety of sources.
The SmartResume service will be free for the Clearinghouse’s education partners and learners to utilize. Employers will typically pay a fee to connect, recruit and hire certified job talent on the platform. Students nationwide whose college or university sign up to participate with the Clearinghouse can use this service. US-based learners may access their personal SmartResumes through the Myhub platform.
“SmartResume is both the world’s first certified resume issuing platform and employer-to-job talent matching engine combined in one. By partnering with the National Student Clearinghouse, we can scale the value provided by SmartResume to education institutions, job seekers and employers on a national level. We could not ask for a more trusted partner to do so.”
Ian Davidson, Chief Growth Officer, iDatafy
“We are excited to provide learners throughout the nation another way to control and showcase their skills, abilities, and accomplishments in their comprehensive learner record and to provide our employer partners with a new way to discover certified job talent at the front end of the recruitment process, said Pepe Carreras, Vice President of Education Solutions, National Student Clearinghouse. “This new service is one more way the National Student Clearinghouse serves the education and workforce communities and all learners with access to trusted data, related services, and insights.”
About iDatafy LLC
iDatafy®, founded in 2011, is a leading education technology company that has created the new SmartResume® certified talent platform. Trusted partners such as education institutions and workforce skill certifiers register academic achievements, leadership experience and certified workforce skills of their current and past student on our permissioned blockchain. The certifications are presented on customized SmartResumes that include links to the digital attestation by the trusted partners. The result is a resume that has been directly certified by a trusted institution and can now be used by the recipient to differentiate them when applying for a job. Employers now also have the ability to search for certified job talent in a way they were never able to do before. Both iDatafy® and SmartResume® are registered trademarks owned by iDatafy LLC.
About the National Student Clearinghouse
The National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit formed in 1993, is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges. Besides working with nearly 3,600 postsecondary institutions, the Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.
Everspring | March 11, 2022
Everspring, a leader in higher education technology solutions, announced the expansion of Envision, its multi-media faculty research hub. The announcement came on March 10th, and will enable Everspring partners to access the practical, on-demand, and cutting edge information they need to deliver online teaching effectively.
"Everspring invests in more than just cutting-edge technology. We also invest in the people—university faculty and instructional designers—who bring learning to life online. Envision is an essential resource for our partners to ensure a dynamic, engaging online learning experience for their faculty and students."
-Beth Hollenberg, president and co-founder of Everspring
"The meaningful working relationships we establish with our faculty partners are reflected in Everspring's high faculty satisfaction scores, which are routinely in the mid-to high 90% range. Our expansion of Envision reflects the depth of our commitment to supporting the professional development of our faculty partners by making the platform more content-rich and relevant."
-Kathy Groth, vice president of learning design at Everspring