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Pearl supports the most effective university-based community tutoring programs in the nation. We specialize in supporting community partnerships where universities leverage their future educators as a core resource to provide evidence-based high-impact tutoring to local districts. 

The first-of-its-kind day-long virtual summit was attended by leaders spanning 18 states, 39 higher education institutions serving hundreds of districts nationwide.  The event highlighted evidence-based strategies and lessons from the nation’s leading community-tutoring experts including Dr. Christy Borders E.d.D, Director of the Illinois Tutoring Initiative at Illinois State University, Faith Freeman P.h.D, Co-Director of Institute for Partnerships in Education at University North Carolina Greensboro, Susanna Loeb P.h.D, Director of the Annenberg Institute of School Reform at Brown University, and Patrick Steck, Senior Director of Policy for Deans for Impact.

We are excited to share a recap of the day full of collaboration and partnership. Feel free to watch some of the amazing panels and learn more about our distinguished panelists.

To read the key takeaways, click here.

Panel 1 – University Tutoring Partnerships: Learnings From The Front Lines

Panel 2 – Building Sustainability: Community Gardening Through Education

Panelists

Susanna Loeb PhD is the Barnett Family Professor of Education at Stanford University, faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis, and a co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education. She specializes in the economics of education and the relationship between schools and federal, state and local policies. Her research addresses teacher policy, looking specifically at how teachers’ preferences affect the distribution of teaching quality across schools, how pre-service coursework requirements affect the quality of teacher candidates, and how reforms affect teachers’ career decisions. She also studies school leadership and school finance, for example looking at how the structure of state finance systems affects the level and distribution of resources across schools. Susanna is a member of the National Board for Education Sciences, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, member of the Executive Board of the National Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Christy Borders EDD is Director of the Illinois Tutoring Initiative and Professor of Education at Illinois State University. Previously, she has served as the Director of the Cecilia J. Lauby Teacher Education Center, Assistant Dean for the College of Education, and Legislative liaison for education policy. She received her doctoral degree in special education from the University of Cincinnati and has 7 years of teaching and administration experience in P-12 schools for students who are Deaf/hard of hearing in addition to her time in higher education teacher training. 

Patrick Steck is the Senior Director of Policy for Deans for Impact. Prior to joining the Deans for Impact team, Patrick served as a legislative assistant in the Texas Legislature. Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Piedmont College and his Master’s degree in International Policy at the University of Georgia.

Faith Freeman PhD is currently the Co-Director of the Institute for Partnerships in Education (IPiE) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Prior to joining the faculty at UNCG, Dr. Freeman served as the Director of STEM and Tutoring at Guilford County Schools.  The High-Impact-Tutoring program in Guilford County has been heralded as a bright shining light of progres in the early days of the COVID education recovery.  

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