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Students take math tutoring to underserved communities

July 6, 2020

UTSA Today

A group of future educators from UTSA is working at closing the achievement gap in mathematics in San Antonio’s underserved communities.

Students within the College of Education and Human Development’s teacher education program are serving as tutors for local parents as well as elementary-age students primarily from San Antonio’s West Side as part of a math literacy initiative called the Community Math Project.

The project is a collaboration between UTSA, Northwest Vista College and local community centers, which officially started in 2019 as part of a five-year-long $3.7 million grant.

“UTSA is mainly in charge of two parts. First, we’re working in low-income neighborhoods and community centers to provide math tutoring to parents,” said Emily Bonner, associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching and an assistant dean of research. “The idea is that in providing tutoring we will help the parents to better understand the content and, therefore, they’ll be able to help their children achieve and recognize math in what they are already doing in life.”

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