A Program of the Children's Learning Initiative at Notre Dame

TutorND has three inter-connected aims: (a) expand access to evidence-based literacy and math programs for children in grades PK-9, (b) build a reciprocal interface between research and practice in the learning and cognitive sciences, and (c) provide high-quality learning and practicum experiences for undergraduates, pre-service teaching fellows, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through education, training, practice opportunities, instructional coaching, and collaborative design teams. Beneficiaries of our tutoring services include not only children of ND employees, but also children in local South Bend public schools, preschoolers in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties Head Start Consortium, children in Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, and children in schools in Indiana and across the country that work with ACE Teaching Fellows. Our tutors receive high quality training and support as part of a collaborative design community that is made up of leading academic scholars in the learning and cognitive sciences, teacher educators, instructional coaches, tutors, and paraprofessionals. They build caring relationships with their students and provide the attention, interaction, and dialogue that children need for optimal learning. Our direct programming is based on the evidence-based resources and recommendations found in the IES What Works Clearinghouse and is individually tailored to families' and schools' schedules and children's interests and learning needs. Programming spans the full range-- from developing and practicing specific foundational skills to enrichment and acceleration. We offer both in-person and virtual programs. We trained over 125 tutors and served over 300 children last academic year, and we expanded into many more local schools this fall. Our spring semester tutoring is currently full, but we have new tutors emailing to join our team every day. We will try our best to match as many students as possible, and those who are not matched are offered a spot on our waiting list until a match can be made. Please reach out to tutornd@nd.edu to be added to the waiting list. Thank you for your patience as we are working to improve our structures and systems to make expansion possible. To learn more, please check out our FAQs section.