ALLENTOWN, Pa. – At a special meeting of the Allentown School District Board of Directors Thursday night, the board approved the purchase of two Brainfuse online on-demand tutoring and associated services. Superintendent Dr. Carol Birks and Board President Audrey Mathison and other board members enthusiastically endorsed the purchase.
HelpNow Support Suite, for use across Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 at a cost of $143,000 and High Dosage Tutoring, BoostHDT, for small groups at a cost of $356,832, were approved unanimously.
Brainfuse online tutoring provides a combination of mutually reinforcing services, designed to provide students opportunities to seek assistance in a variety of ways.
The suite of services includes: Expert help 24/7 live on-demand tutoring; small group tutoring; targeted tutoring; online writing lab; study tools; individualized learning plans; language lab; video lesson library; college and career exploration; and collaboration tools.
Students and families can access Brainfuse from any internet-connected device including mobile phones. Data dashboards for both families and schools provide insights regarding student growth.
Bilingual tutors and AI-based translation feature enable tutors and students to communicate in almost any language.
Brainfuse HelpNow provides 24/7 on-demand tutoring across all K-12 subjects. It can be student-initiated instant access or parent/school-initiated for individuals or small groups in tackling classroom challenges. HelpNow connects students with tutors.
Brainfuse High Dosage Tutoring has ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Tier 1 effectiveness research on improving student academic achievement. High dosage tutoring occurs on a sustained basis with a consistent tutor who monitors progress. Their services are aimed at leading to improvements in K-12 students’ capacity to: Identify, formulate, and solve problems using appropriate information and approaches; evaluate new concepts and implement new skills independently; develop greater academic confidence and independent learning skills; and demonstrate improved comprehension of content.