Brown University’s K-12 Tutoring Initiative is mobilizing Brown students to provide free tutoring to students in participating Providence schools. The program is facilitated by Tutor Matching Service, a nationally recognized tutoring platform that matches university and college students with students who need tutoring support.
Brown students interested in becoming tutors can sign up here. Eligible Brown students may be able to be compensated through the Federal Work-Study program. Eligible PPSD students and their families can find tutors here TMS/Brown K12 Online Tutoring Initiative.
The COVID-19 pandemic has widened existing educational inequities, impacting students in significant ways. With students learning remotely or in hybrid formats, there is a heightened need for one-on-one instruction around specific topics or curriculum areas, but teachers’ resources are stretched thin. Online one-on-one tutoring is a powerful educational intervention that can support students’ academic, social and emotional needs. However, this resource is often available only to families who can afford to pay for it.
By making free tutoring available to every K-12 student in participating schools, our program aims to level the playing field and lead to more positive outcomes for all students. These improved outcomes may include higher scores on standardized tests, higher high school graduation rates, higher levels of matriculation to a four-year college or university, more positive attitudes towards school and life, and higher self-esteem.
This initiative was created through a University collaboration with the Annenberg Institute, the Swearer Center and Tutor Matching Service. The Annenberg Institute’s core mission is to equalize and improve educational opportunities, while the Swearer Center’s primary goal is to make experiential learning central to a Brown student’s education. Fulfilling the goals of both entities, our program provides an impactful resource to students in the Providence community, and also gives Brown students an opportunity for meaningful public service.