ITP | A design-based approach to evidence-based tutoring

May 5, 2023, Noon-1:30 pm Central Time

259 Educational Sciences and Zoom

Nicole McNeil

Psychology professor, University of Notre Dame

Nicole McNeil

High impact tutoring is one of the most promising strategies for reducing opportunity gaps in education (Slavin & Steiner, 2020). It produces more impacts per dollar than approaches such as direct cash transfers and class-size reduction (Cook et al., 2015). Although tutoring has the potential to be highly effective, its adoption by policymakers remains limited, due in part to the prevalence of poor-quality tutoring programs. To address this issue in our community, we are implementing a design-based approach to evidence-based tutoring through a collaborative effort among a cognitive development research lab, a tutoring provider, a teacher formation program, and several schools and afterschool programs. Our approach integrates two sometimes competing approaches – those designed to generate robust causal evidence and those that focus on service to practitioners implementing programs and practices in context. The work is accomplished through a design team that includes tutors, instructional coaches, cognitive scientists, psychologists, teacher educators, and school administrators. Pilot results are promising based on a range of evaluation methods. In this talk, I’ll describe the genesis of our initiative and showcase how a design-based approach to evidence-based tutoring can accelerate student learning, strengthen educator pipelines, and provide a beneficial infrastructure for cognitive science.

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