Policy Brief

Developing Tutoring and Mentoring Partnerships Through Educator Preparation Programs

Adult students sitting a table discussing an assignment
Steve Wojcikiewicz
February 2022 | EdPrepLab
Adult students sitting a table discussing an assignment

As the popularity of tutoring grows nationwide, educator preparation programs (EPPs) are uniquely positioned to provide tutors for local school districts. This brief examines four programs that responded to pandemic conditions by offering tutoring as part of a learning acceleration strategy for k–12 students. The benefits to students of these one-to-one supports for learning were matched by benefits to teacher candidates serving as tutors, including productive student teaching placements, stronger relationships with students and families, and more hands-on opportunities to practice differentiated instruction. Recommendations for implementing such initiatives include creating formal partnership agreements, adopting clear standards for effective tutoring embedded in EPP coursework, and developing flexible training modules paired with intensive individual preparation from faculty.