By GREGORY ZELLER //
An innovative edu-tech platform designed to digitally instruct New York State students still has a few things to learn itself.
So, Jericho-based iTutor is recruiting a polished Advisory Board of current and former teachers, school administrators and superintendents, a move meant to enhance both student achievement – specifically, Long Island student achievement – and the company’s bottom line.
iTutor’s digital platform supports public school districts by connecting New York State-certified teachers with statewide students online – real-time extra instruction, outside of school hours, facilitating the prized 1-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio “at no additional cost to the school district or to the student’s family,” according to iTutor.
The company, launched in 2013 by founder and Chief Executive Officer Harry Aurora, provides online tutoring services for grades K through 12 – subjects range from math and global languages to science and social studies – as well as preparation assistance for the SATs, the ACTs and a host of other standardized tests.
And it does so in multiple states, working with regional school officials to match up state-certified instructors and regional students in need.
The new Advisory Board, which is still forming, will be especially interested in iTutor’s Long Island operations. Its primary mission will be to “more effectively align [the company’s] growing service offering with the specific needs of Long Island public schools,” according to the Jericho firm, which notes the six advisors hired to date “have decades of experience working with Long Island districts.”
Among them: former Nassau BOCES Executive Director Gene Silverman, East Moriches UFSD Superintendent Charles Russo, Central Islip School District Superintendent of School Howard Koenig and recently retired West Hempstead UFSD Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss.
Initial plans are for the board to meet quarterly throughout the school year – a report card, of sorts, meant to review new processes, technologies and communication tools that could improve relationships with regional school districts.
iTutor currently partners with more than 65 Long Island public school districts, in addition to hundreds of regional school districts throughout the country. The addition of an Advisory Board focused specifically on Long Island schools and students “further demonstrates the company’s commitment” to understanding the unique needs of local school districts, the company said – and represents “a very exciting time for iTutor,” according to Aurora.
“We have an opportunity to enhance our service offering to support student achievement even further,” the CEO noted. “This advisory board will help us better understand the unique challenges school districts and teachers face so we can implement the right systems.
“At iTutor, our mission is to make quality online learning affordable and accessible to any public-school student with an Internet connection,” Aurora added. “We look forward to working with more public schools on Long Island as we continue to enhance the services we provide.”