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The Future of Personalized Instruction Is Here: An IEP for Every Student

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Richard K. Cohen, Assistant Superintendent, Metuchen School District (NJ); Mark Wojciechowski, Senior Director of Education Partnerships, Varsity Tutors; and Brian Galvin, Chief Academic Officer, Varsity Tutors

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View this edLeader Panel to learn how district leaders are preparing for the future of personalized instruction by incorporating live and chat-based tutoring into classroom instruction, during and after the school day. Brian Galvin, Chief Academic Officer at Varsity Tutors, hosts a lively discussion with Richard Cohen, a district leader from New Jersey, and Mark Wojciechowski, Senior Director of Education Partnerships at Varsity Tutors, to examine how they are working to provide every student in the district with individualized support and instruction whenever and wherever they need it.

While many education technology companies claim to help personalize instruction for students by allowing them to go at their own pace, this discussion focuses on the more holistic definition that places an emphasis on allowing for student voice and pathways to self-discovery. Join us for a first-hand view of how these strategies are helping leaders ensure every student has the opportunity to make progress in learning.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 school and district leaders, education technology leaders, and curriculum directors.

Rick Cohen

About the Presenters

Richard K. Cohen is the Assistant Superintendent of the Metuchen School District in New Jersey and serves as co-adjunct faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Before becoming Assistant Superintendent, Richard led as Principal for Red Bank Primary School in Red Bank, New Jersey and acted as Founding Director of a new bilingual school, Colegio Americano, in San Salvador, El Salvador. His professional experiences as an educator range from working in predominantly low-income public and charter schools to some of the most affluent public and private schools.

Rick has served as a leader of social-emotional learning (SEL) at the district, county, state, and national levels. His work infusing academic state standards and SEL skills together with evidence-based character education has won national and state of New Jersey School of Character Awards and a National Promising Practice Award from In 2015, Rick also served on the New Jersey State Standards Revision Committee, helping add self-reflection and metacognition into academic state standards. Rick’s work has been published in’s 11 Principles Framework for Schools, Edutopia, and NJEA Review’s “Great Ideas” column. Rick is coauthor of The Metacognitive Student, which has won two national awards for Best Indie Book in Education (Forewords Reviews 2021 and IPPY Awards 2022) and has been featured in articles in Edutopia and Educational Leadership. Rick received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in educational administration from Rutgers University.

Mark Wojciechowski

Mark Wojciechowski is an educator at heart who began his career working in schools as a teacher, resource specialist, manager of professional development programs, and school counselor. Having been deeply embedded in the education technology sector for the last two decades, he brings compassion and a wide breadth of experience to his current role with Varsity Tutors for Schools as senior director of education partnerships.

Brian Galvin

Brian Galvin is the Chief Academic Officer for Varsity Tutors, the nation’s largest live learning platform. A lifelong educator with a master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan, he has taught thousands of students, trained hundreds of instructors, and authored dozens of lesson books. At Varsity Tutors, he oversees the development of live academic and enrichment classes, adaptive assessments, and on-demand learning programs. He is also creator and host of the company’s StarCourse lessons—taught with astronauts, Olympians, TV hosts, and other distinguished teachers—and Test Prep 4 All series. His educational videos have over three million views on YouTube.

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Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors for Schools is your all-in-one live learning platform that delivers personalized learning to every student in your school district. Whatever challenges your students face, our proven solutions can be customized to meet their needs, providing equitable access to everything from on-demand to 1-on-1 high-impact tutoring to adaptive assessments.


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