ASSISTments Ambassador Andrew Burnett was in his 15th year of teaching when he was asked to join the ASSISTments team. His task was to help conduct a long-term educational study by training and supporting the teachers that were participating in an independent research project. Burnett communicated with 70 teachers all around the Northeast about implementing ASSISTments in their classrooms.
After his time conducting educational research, Burnett has seen a major shift in his understanding of his students, particularly the 20 percent that struggled year after year in math. He found that the students that declared early in the school year that they “aren’t good at math” had not only shown strong gains in understanding, but they leave the class at the end of the year declaring that “math is their favorite subject.”
In this article, Burnett discusses how he believes his time conducting educational research made him a stronger teacher.
This five-year grant, led by TAF Co-Founder and Executive Director Cristina Heffernan, will be used to further develop ASSISTments’ innovative tutoring technology, which leverages teacher- and student-facing tools for core instruction. This project will focus on high-needs middle school math students and their teachers at more than 150 schools.Continue Reading
ASSISTments operates in part from the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program grant. The first two years of this grant have been focused on what we have named as three key “scale-up” mechanisms, areas where we can further develop and improve to achieve greater reach and impact. Thus far, we’ve engaged hundreds of our teacher users, and learned valuable lessons about scaling sustainability. As we enter the third year of the grant, we wanted to share these lessons to support other nonprofits in the early and pivotal stages of growth.Continue Reading