Our Tutors

Expectations for Instruction (updated)

Certified Teachers Only

We provide tutors of the highest quality. Most of our tutors are certified teachers with an average of over a decade of classroom experience.

So what exactly do we mean by “certified”? Our tutors are current or former state-certified teachers** (or equivalent experience) and undergo an internal certification process with us as a part of their onboarding.

Cignition has a rigorous and selective recruitment and hiring process. Qualifications for consideration include a bachelor's degree, proven ability to deploy a group lesson plan, and completion of grade-level assessments. Another critical component of our qualification process is building a team that meets all students' needs.

Diversity and Inclusivity

Our workforce is a diverse collective of educators, and we cater to an equally diverse set of students. The primary goal of our service is to ensure academic achievement, but we know it’s important that we reach that goal in a way that creates an underlying culture of respect and support and builds upon the cultural backdrop that each student arrives with. A big part of staff development is training tutors to adopt culturally responsive and trauma-informed teaching practices that model social and emotional skills, create a restorative and inclusive climate, contextualize learning for students, and encourage students to leverage their cultural capital through the learning process. 

In addition to differentiating instruction by individual and group, we also match qualified tutors to students with special needs. Collaborating with teachers, our dedicated Program Managers identify research-based strategies suited to those who require additional support.

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Our Tutors Have Experience With:

  • 504 Plans
  • AD(H)D
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia
  • Dyslexia
  • Gifted and Talented Students
  • & Much More

Professional Development

While the majority of our tutor workforce is comprised of experienced classroom instructors, there is still a protocol of training that takes place. These pieces of training can be categorized into two types: front-end workshops and continued synchronous and asynchronous training.

Front-End Workshops

Reflection and Adjustment

Our front-end training is part of the onboarding process in which tutors reflect on how to adapt the high-level classroom instruction they are accustomed to into the small-group digital medium. These workshops connect tutors with each other to strengthen our professional community and allow them to experience and instill the digital learning norms as part of our research efforts. While the phenomenon of student learning does not change with the digital group tutoring we offer, the mechanics of ensuring that it happens are subtly different. Our front-end training is designed to focus on these differences and allow tutors to lean into that space. 

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Synchronous and Asynchronous Training

The Growth Never Stops

Professional development is an ongoing process that continuously helps our tutors improve by benefiting from ongoing feedback. This also plays an integral part in our data measurement and research. We facilitate tutor improvement through synchronous and asynchronous methods such as interactive activities, discussions, sharing examples, and one-on-one meetings to discuss growth. Many of our tutors have discussed their growth as classroom teachers by way of their continued development working with Cignition. Much of this growth is connected to how we provide ongoing feedback to tutors. With our high-level efforts in data collection, we see how students respond to tutors in both content and social-emotionally. These data points are tracked and used to facilitate the discussions of growth for each tutor. We have a standardized rubric across our programs to frame progress for our tutor workforce.

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Who Might Work With Your Students?

Cignition's pool of expert math and ELA tutors are ready to help your students build their classroom confidence and take control of their learning!

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