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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

5 Million Served, and a couple requests

Last night, we served our 5 MILLIONTH student with live, on-demand, one-to-one help. We put up a real-time counter at www.tutor.com a couple years ago, which also shows actual sessions that are happening, and we celebrated the odometer clicking past 5,000,000 yesterday as a 6th grader in an Army family connected for math help. To put into perspective the number of students our tutors have helped, we launched this fun page: http://www.tutor.com/5million, and a press release going out today: http://www.tutor.com/press/press-releases-2009/20091208.

Special thanks to the thousands of public libraries, schools, after school organization, corporations, and military and government agencies that placed their trust in us over the past ten years to serve their communities of students and families.

And now, the requests:

1) To help us reach our next 5 million (actually, we're pretty ambitious, so let's say 50 million) students, we'r hiring a National Sales Director, K12 Schools. A description of the job opening can be found at
http://www.tutor.com/careers/corporate/national-sales-director-k12. Please share with the talented sales people you know, and I welcome any help introducing us to innovative school leaders who want to bring online tutoring to their community.

2) Our programs with the Army and Marines allow military personnel and their families to connect to a live tutor for FREE 24/7 help on a wide array of subjects. Adults and children get immediate, one-to-one help from a background checked subject expert online. We've served thousands of students, and in the past few weeks signed an expansion of the program with the Department of Defense to serve all family members in all military services. More info at http://www.tutor.com/military-programs. Please feel free to forward to everyone you know affiliated with the US military, as spreading the word is our top priority.

Thank you for your help, and please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions,

George Cigale, gcigale@tutor.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Education Reform Allies

I spent most of yesterday at a conference put on by the American Enterprise Institute (http://www.aei.org/), a preeminent conservative think tank. The theme of the conference was "More Than Just Schools: Rethinking the Demand for Educational Entrepreneurship". You can find the impressive roster of speakers, with bios, as well as the research papers discussed during the day at http://www.aei.org/event/100146. Great day of thinking, sharing, and imagining how to get to an educational system that works for its customers -- children and parents.

During the conference, and at the informal reception and dinner, I had a chance to chat with Rick Hess (http://www.aei.org/scholar/30), who runs AEI's Education group and has authored books with titles like "Common Sense School Reform", and Joe Williams (http://www.dfer.org/list/about/staff/), who runs Democrats for Education Reform (http://www.dfer.org/) and has written "Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education".

The common ground between Rick and Joe, AEI and DFER, is substantive and real, may be surprising to some, and very refreshing to me. They even share a similar look and smile in their bio pictures, above.

DFER may not represent the mainstream or power base of the Democratic Party, but it is gaining influence and has much in common with the views on school reform held by Secretary Duncan and his team.

From DFER's statement of principles: "We support leaders in our party who have the courage to challenge a failing status quo and who believe that the severity of our nation's educational crisis demands that we tackle this problem using every possible tool at our disposal.
We believe that reforming broken public school systems cannot be accomplished by tinkering at the margins, but rather through bold and revolutionary leadership. This requires opening up the traditional top-down monopoly of most school systems and empowering all parents to access great schools for their children."

If you share these principles, as I do, get involved and get active, with your voice and with your dollars.

George Cigale, gcigale@tutor.com