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Monday, May 23, 2011

Johns Hopkins University SOE Opinion Piece: Student Feedback

Several years ago I started writing this blog with the goal of sharing news about Tutor.com and ideas that may help other entrepreneurs. It’s been a fun and productive experience for me to spend time writing here and sharing the lessons I’ve learned as a leader of a small company in an emerging market.

Over the last year, I’ve been spending more of my time deeply engaged in how Tutor.com is helping reform education by doing something very simple – listening to students and acting on their feedback. Much of this thinking has been shared in private meetings, at invitation-only events and among my staff.

Some of those ideas come to life this week in an opinion piece I was invited to write by Dean David Andrews of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education (SOE). I am the Chair of SOE’s National Advisory Council and I am incredibly impressed with Dean Andrews and his vision for educating the educators. I’m excited to work with the Dean on his agenda of real change for our future teachers.

I’m also planning some of my own changes by giving this blog a new direction and new look over the summer. I’ll begin sharing the thoughts that I merely touch upon in the SOE opinion piece around the hallmarks of Tutor.com’s approach to learning and teaching. Future blog posts will go deeper into issues such as:

· Incorporating student feedback into their own education
· Creating a student-teacher-administrator feedback loop that produces results
· Blended learning solutions that improve teacher productivity and student achievement
· Collecting, analyzing and using meaningful data in the classroom
· What students can tell us about learning

I hope you’ll continue on this journey with me and provide your feedback and thoughts as I explore these issues that are driving the direction of Tutor.com and education reform.

George Cigale, gcigale@tutor.com
Also posting at http://blog.tutor.com/