Littera Accelerates Development And Adds Key Executive After Closing Series A

Littera Accelerates Development And Adds Key Executive After Closing Series A

August 3, 2021

We started Littera in September of 2020 with the goal of enabling high-quality, cost-effective tutoring support in school districts of all sizes.  Ten months later what began as an idea has become reality – code is written, key features and functions have been validated in pilot tests across multiple districts, and the platform is now in active use supporting tutoring programs for K-12 students. The Littera team is thrilled with what we have accomplished to date, and we are now focused on accelerating the deployment of our platform to support students, teachers, districts, and other student-serving organizations across the country! 

Platform Development
Since launching Littera, our team has been working with district and state education leaders, researchers, and educational not-for-profit organizations to better understand the needs and the challenges that districts face. Our work with these organizations confirms the broad consensus that tutoring can profoundly help students - but that delivering these academic support programs at scale and evaluating their impact poses enormous operational challenges.

Littera’s Academic Support Platform solves these challenges by:

  • Simplifying academic support programs - bringing diverse programs together, and making it easier to schedule, monitor, manage, and scale tutoring for every student who needs it; 
  • Integrating with district systems - leveraging district data to identify specific student needs and connect to relevant content using district learning objectives; and
  • Making tutoring an extension of the classroom - enabling teachers to easily create tutoring assignments for students who need extra help and providing a feedback loop with the tutors so that all parties can evaluate the program’s impact.

As our first customers have been onboarded, it has been amazing (and profoundly gratifying) to watch program administrators bring their vision of academic support to life and to see students benefit from high-impact tutoring on the platform. 

Online Tutoring Innovator Joins Littera
Great organizations should always be attracting the best people to be part of their mission. This is true of Littera and it is why I am thrilled to announce that tutoring industry luminary and founder of Tutor.com, George Cigale, is joining Littera as President and COO.

In 1998, George and a small group of education and tech professionals developed the idea that the Internet could be a platform to connect students to tutors for tutoring at any time from anywhere. So, they recruited about a hundred tutors and created one of the first online, interactive classrooms. Today, Tutor.com works with thousands of educational institutions to deliver more than one million tutoring, homework help, and test preparation sessions per year.

George shared his thoughts on joining Littera, “When we started Tutor.com, we knew that technology would create transformational learning opportunities that positively impacted students. Littera’s technology and approach can make an even greater impact on K-12 schools and districts as we enable our district partners to deliver high-quality 1-on-1 and small group tutoring integrated with district instruction”.

We recently closed on a Series A financing led by DNS Capital that will help us realize the full potential of our platform. DNS has been a partner to Littera since the beginning, having led our seed round last fall. This fresh infusion of capital will fund the acceleration of our product development roadmap and enable us to remain highly responsive to customer feedback and needs. In addition, it will fuel the further build-out of our world-class team, who is dedicated to bringing our platform to market, supporting our customers, and advancing the success of students everywhere.

Our vision to enable districts to design, deliver, and monitor individual and small group tutoring has the potential to accelerate learning for millions of students around the country.  We are building the technology in partnership with our customers.  We’re assembling an incredible team - with George being the most recent example.  And we’ve got the capital to bring our solution to districts around the country.

It’s an exciting time to be at Littera!  

Join the Team!

Bring your talent to a team that is ambitious in its mission to make sure every student has access to high quality tutoring.  If you're a world-class technologist looking to build a core team and platform, we have an open search for our Head of Engineering.  We also have many other great roles for passionate people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and help us build a special company doing incredible, high-impact  work for kids and schools.

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