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New Jersey Tutoring Corps
Overdeck Family Foundation worked with the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund to launch the New Jersey Tutoring Corps, a high-dosage, small-group, tutoring program designed to accelerate learning recovery for students impacted by pandemic-related learning losses. Piloted during the summer of 2021, the program effectively increased participants’ math proficiency and excitement for math.
We provided Springboard Collaborative funding to add virtual offerings to their flagship reading coaching model and create a train-the-trainer solution called Springboard Learning Accelerator (SLA). An external study showed statistically significant reading growth across both the traditional and SLA programs, with 3.1 and 2.3 months of reading growth during the same five-week period, respectively, despite SLA being lower-cost.
We encouraged Saga Education to think about cost-effective ways to scale their math tutoring model, which led to the creation of a blended-learning version, incorporating technology alongside in-person tutoring. Interim data from a five-year randomized controlled trial study show statistically significant evidence of equivalent efficacy between Saga’s blended and traditional models, with a 2.5x growth in math skills during one school year, regardless of model used.
Public Impact Opportunity Culture
Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture uses a teacher-leadership model in which a teacher with a strong track record of student growth becomes a “multi-classroom leader” and supports teams of educators through co-teaching and coaching. During Covid, Public Impact transitioned its educator support to be remote while adding paid, within-budget residencies and design options to boost teacher pay. This allowed them to increase their historic 50 percent year-over-year growth rate to ~60 percent.
Our funding helped Zearn, a top-rated online math learning platform, position itself as one of the most widely used, impactful math curricula through three key activities: building a larger national sales pipeline, engaging in rigorous external evaluation, and building new capacities such as in-platform tutoring. The organization has expanded its reach from 5.3 million to more than 6.8 million students since SY 2019-20.
Creating strong foundations for early learning.
Increasing the retention of expert educators in K-9.
Supporting student-centered learning environments.
Inspiring young minds through out-of-school STEM opportunities.