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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

MyLivePD Launches -- On Demand Help for Teachers

Less than a year ago, I wrote about a $1.8MM grant that Tutor.com received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create a new service for teachers: http://ceotutor.blogspot.com/2010/11/gates-foundation-awards-grant-to.html.

Vision: Make it possible for a teacher to get help the minute it's needed, from an experienced coach who can provide a helpful resource, help with content or instructional approaches, or classroom dynamics coaching. No reservations or appointments ever needed, and always live and one-to-one. On the teacher's schedule, as often as needed, in a confidential safe zone. What Tutor.com has provided to almost 7 million students over the past 10 years, now enhanced and adapted for teachers.

Today, we announced the launch of MyLivePD, the service created as a result of that grant. You can read more about the project at the press release sent out today: http://www.tutor.com/press/press-releases-2011/20110907. You can also visit http://www.mylivepd.com/ to watch a demo video or to get on our email list.

During this pilot project, we're partnering with 3 school districts (Hillsborough County, Baltimore County, and Tucson Unified) and 4 Teach for America regions, as well as several resource providers that are mentioned in the press release.

The pilot will be evaluated by a third-party researcher contracted by the Gates Foundation, and Tutor.com does plan to offer the service to other school districts and charter schools in the coming months.

We are very excited to be working with teachers, providing the support teachers need to deliver great lessons every day. Contact me if you have any questions or suggestions,

George Cigale
gcigale@tutor.com

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