The Partnership to Advance Learning in STEM (PALS) tutoring initiative is a no-cost program designed to mitigate the long-term effects of COVID-19 learning loss by pairing K-12 learners with preservice educator tutors.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread learning loss which has already begun to exacerbate existing disparities in academic achievement. At the same time, K-12 school closures are estimated to have impacted at least 4,000 educator candidates (Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2020).
The PALS program helps preservice educators gain valuable field experience by pairing them with K-12 learners in an online tutoring environment. PALS aligns with Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines for tutoring, and stipends may be available for eligible students.
Participating preservice educators will also work as a professional learning community and engage in professional learning and coaching sessions. All sessions will be moderated and facilitated by ASSET and university staff. Professional learning topics may include: Inquiry-based learning; Three-dimensional teaching and learning; Understanding educational policy; 21st century learner outcomes; and guest speakers.
University and College school of education students may participate as PALS tutors.
Tutoring sessions run for 2 – 3 hours, and will occur run 2 – 3 times per week. Professional Learning sessions (1 hour) are provided weekly.
Cohorts may participate in any and all of the following program blocks:
Late Spring (May – June)
Fall (September – November)
The Late Spring session schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Tutoring (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Tuesdays: Professional Learning (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Wednesdays: Tutoring (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
The PALS program is 100% remote. In-person options may become available as the year progresses.