Remote tutoring program lets employees volunteer without leaving the office
Feb 03, 2012
JPMorgan Chase is sponsoring a remote tutoring program for elementary school students and encouraging its employees to get involved from their desks during the school day. Studies have documented links between early gains in literacy and later success in school.
The New York Times recently profiled the program, highlighting JPMorgan Chase employees’ work with students in underprivileged classrooms without ever leaving their desks. Newly designed software for the tutoring of beginning readers has bridged the gap, allowing volunteers to meet students online from a distance.
More than 500 employees are tutoring students via the Innovations for Learning (IFL) online tutoring system in Chicago, Detroit, Miami and New York. Elementary school students needing extra help with reading receive weekly tutoring via a web-based program. Students and tutors log on and choose from original stories suited to the student’s reading level, as well as games that use words from the stories. Exercises such as word recognition, reading aloud and vocabulary development help children build confidence and skills to become proficient readers.