PALS Tutoring Program

Preservice educators are invited to support Pittsburgh learners, earn credit hours, and build remote teaching skills.

The pandemic has brought many challenges to educators and learners. Now, K-12 students need support to accelerate their learning.  Preservice educators need opportunities to engage in virtual teaching and learning to prepare for the classrooms of the future.

The PALS (Partnership to Advance Learning in STEM) program addresses these issues through high-dosage tutoring, one of the most effective ways to accelerate achievement for under-resourced learners. Through PALS, preservice educators provide remote tutoring to underserved K-12 students and receive coaching and support from ASSET professional development specialists.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate as a tutor?

School of Education students in any year or subject area who can commit to at least 1 hour of tutoring/week.

When and where does PALS take place?

All sessions are remote via Zoom breakout rooms.  Sessions run throughout the school year.

How can preservice educators benefit?

– Earn contact hours

– Participate in ASSET professional development

– Receive ongoing coaching and support, including around how to discuss PALS in resumes and interviews

– Earn a certificate of completion of tutoring and professional development hours

What are the requirements?

– Commit to at least 1 day of tutoring per week during the program
– Attend a 30-minute onboarding session before engaging with students
– Have current child abuse clearances
– Have a current Student PSEA membership for liability insurance. If you are not a current member, this cost will be covered for you.