After teaching and tutoring in both public and private schools for a combined 40 years, educators Seth Linden and David Taus knew that the most effective way to increase student achievement was through one-on-one academic support.
Seth founded Tutorpedia, Inc. in 2005 and after four years of experience running the private company, Seth wanted to increase the reach of its tutoring services to those who could not otherwise afford it. Together, Seth and David co-founded Tutorpedia Foundation in 2009, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing free, high-quality tutoring to low-income students. Tutorpedia Foundation launched with Tutorpedia, Inc.’s support from the federal government to provide Supplemental Educational Services to underperforming students at Title I schools, as a provision of the No Child Left Behind Act. Since 2007, in collaboration with schools and community organizations, Tutorpedia, Inc. and Tutorpedia Foundation have provided more than 40,000 hours of tutoring to nearly 3,500 Bay Area students.
Tutorpedia Foundation’s commitment to building capacity and creating impact is demonstrated by its marked increase in enrollment: since launching in 2009 with 5 students served, Tutorpedia Foundation increased to serve over 600 students during the 2014-2015 school year. In recognition of its approach to personalizing education, California State Senator Mark Leno presented Tutorpedia Foundation with recognition from the California State Senate in 2010 and 2013.
In 2015, Tutorpedia Foundation changed its mission to support personalized education programs with small grants, instead of with direct services. It continues to collaborate closely with Tutorpedia, Inc., as well as its friends from Aspire Education and ESM Group.