The founder of The Learning Collective is also the founder of ICouldBe, which has been providing blended and remote learning services to schools nationally for over 20 years. Since 2000, ICouldBe’s virtual mentoring program has provided 25,000 high school students with an online community of professional mentors, empowering teens to stay in school, plan for future careers, and achieve in life. We apply lessons learned from ICouldBe to our work at The Learning Collective.

From 2000-2006, Adam Aberman was the Executive Director of ICouldBe, building the idea hatched at his kitchen table to an organization serving students in schools across the country. From 2006-2012, Adam’s role shifted to one of active board member before becoming a board member emeritus.

We learned numerous lessons about blended learning including the need to have a structured blended program with a robust selection of activities and clear roles for mentees and mentors. We at The Learning Collective keep those lessons in mind as we evaluate, and strategically plan with, educational institutions.

ICouldBe continues to grow its impact. ICouldBe is an innovative program proven effective by Drexel University studies. ICouldBe has made great strides during the pandemic, including through a new partnership with Johns Hopkins University and MENTOR funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We couldn’t be prouder of ICouldBe’s work!