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 10,000 hours of tutoring to 580 low-income and underperforming Bay Area students at no cost to the students or their families.
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 enrollment 18-fold to serve 90 students during the 2012-2013 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.