Wayne State College

WSC Students Serve as Tutors for Nebraska SMART Tutoring Program

Published Monday, April 1st, 2024

Ten Wayne State students serve as online tutors for schools in Educational Service Unit 1.

Ten Wayne State College students are currently serving as tutors for the Nebraska SMART (Success Made Accessible Through Rural Tutoring) tutoring program through the Nebraska State College System.

Nebraska SMART is a free virtual tutoring program for students in grades K-12 in Nebraska Educational Service Units 1, 4, and 13. Teacher education candidates from Wayne State remotely tutor students from ESU 1 through an online tutoring platform. The program is administered across the Nebraska State College System with students at Chadron State and Peru State serving their respective regions.

Wayne State students serving Educational Service Unit 1 schools are:

Castana, Iowa – Kaitlyn Nelson
Blair – Bre Matzen
Broken Bow – Buddy Osmond
Coleridge – Mikayla Walker
Columbus – Emily Beckman, Travis Schoch
Herman – Reese Hansen
Holdrege – Avery Michalski
Humphrey – Allison Durkop
Wisner – Tymarie Ott

Educational Service Unit 1 schools are:

Allen Public Schools
Bloomfield Community Schools
Cedar Catholic High School
Creighton Community Public Schools
Crofton Community School
East and West Catholic Elementary School
Emerson-Hubbard Community Schools
Hartington-Newcastle Public Schools
Holy Trinity Elementary School
Homer Community Schools
Isanti Community Schools
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School
Niobrara Public Schools
Pender Public Schools
Ponca Public Schools
Randolph Public Schools
St. Augustine School
St. Ludger School
St. Mary’s School
St. Michael’s School
St. Rose of Lima School
South Sioux City Community Schools
Umó Ho Nation Public School
Verdigre Public School
Wakefield Community School
Walthill Public School
Wausa Public Schools
Wayne Community Schools
Winnebago Public Schools
Winside Public Schools
Wynot Public Schools

Nebraska students in grades K-12 within Educational Service Units 1, 4, and 13 have free access to online tutoring with a qualified tutor in specific subject areas. Students can request pre-scheduled appointments with a tutor or log in to be connected with the next tutor available in the queue. Students should provide homework for which they wish to receive help or topics that they would like to cover.

To schedule an appointment, parents must initially register their student(s) before they can receive tutoring services. Once registered, students, or parents on behalf of students, can schedule a tutoring session at least 24 hours in advance. Students can join on-demand tutoring to be connected with the next available tutor.

Parents can register their student(s) at https://nebraskasmart.tutorwithpearl.com/self-onboarding. Students can connect with the next available tutor at https://nebraskasmart.tutorwithpearl.com and schedule a tutoring session at https://nebraskasmart.tutorwithpearl.com.

Tutoring is offered from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays during the Spring 2024 semester through May 3.

Tutors are full-time students at Wayne State College who have been admitted to the teacher education program, have completed background checks, and received training through their teacher education program coursework.

The Nebraska Department of Education has awarded a grant to the Nebraska State College System to develop a program that provides tutoring to students in grades K-12 in Educational Service Units 1, 4, and 13. Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State College each have up to 10 tutors and a faculty coordinator.