Dial-A-(Teaching) Mentor

DIAL-A-MENTOR: Online tutoring has worked for kids--how about for teachers? A $1.8 million Tutor.com project called My Live PD, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, hopes to find out. Aimed at algebra teachers, the pilot is debuting with about 200 teachers, mostly in Baltimore, Arizona and Florida. Teachers participating can sign up for one-to-one coaching sessions on topics from teaching graphing to classroom management. Coaches, who have at least five years' experience teaching and have been mentors, will be available during the workweek evenings. The pilot is expected to last until Dec. 2012. If it's a hit, Tutor.com will fold the service into its for-profit tutoring business, reports THE Journal, which did an extensive Q&A with Tutor.com CEO George Cigale.

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