SAGA Innovations


Brookings Institution Endorses SAGA-Style Tutoring


SAGA Innovations

By Alan Safran (Co-Founder) and Barbara Algarin (Executive Director)

March 29, 2016

On Monday, March 28, Barbara Algarin and I sat in a beautiful conference room at the Brookings Institution in northwest Washington, DC., with about 150 people filling the room and an overflow room holding even more. Robert Rubin, former US Secretary of the Treasury, presided over the three-hour afternoon conference. The subject was “Strengthening student learning through innovation and flexibility.”

Why were we there?

We were there to see the beginning of the possibility that our idea—personalized, professional, in-school-day tutoring—is now ready to be raised to the level of a national topic of discussion.

The University of Chicago’s Urban Labs wrote a paper, released at the conference, to share the findings of their research into the effectiveness of SAGA’s tutoring model. Read the full article.

If you don’t read it in full, then take a look at this conclusion and this incredibly bold recommendation, which might entice you to read it in full.

Conclusion: “If it is possible to achieve at large scale the impacts we demonstrated in Chicago, we believe this individualized tutorial program has the potential to be a transformative strategy in public education, helping our most at-risk youth catch back up to grade level, reengage with regular classroom instruction, and gain real hope for a diploma and all the long-term economic benefits that go along with that.”

Incredibly bold recommendation:  “We propose that large school districts around the country might devote some of their Title I funding to support individualized SAGA tutorials. To offer tutorials to one-quarter of all third- through tenth grade students at the 100 largest public school districts in the United States, we estimate would require about 140,000 tutors each year.”

If this isn’t exciting enough, the first panel at the conference included the US President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Allan Golston. He said: “We are focused on three variables: high expectations for students; changing instructional practices including resources and support; and more personalized learning models. You have to have ways to differentiate. We are very interested in models that do that.”

So are we. We’re SAGA Innovations. Join the movement. Join the revolution.

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