The Center for Urban Education’s Ready to Learn program (RTL) is research-practice partnership that supports personalized learning through tutoring and mentoring which connects University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students with students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. RTL’s goal is to provide grade school students with experiences to support their academic improvement in mathematics and social skill development. Since the program’s inception in 2014, RTL has served 60 middle and high school students, and supported 30 Pitt mentors.
The program is currently offered at University Prep on Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:30P – 5:30P. There are 20 middle school students participating this Fall with five Pitt students that serve as mentors to the middle school students; the 8 week session at the end of November. The Spring session of the program will begin in February. The program is also currently offered at Westinghouse Middle School with plans to expand the program to Pittsburgh Science and Technology Middle School in the Spring.