Education Professor, Dr. Casey Hord, organized a tutoring program in 2014 that pairs his students with students with mild disabilities at Hughes STEM High School in grades 7-12. Hord’s students tutor the high school students in math during or after school on a weekly basis. His students are comprised of undergraduate and graduate students majoring in special education. The program has been supported by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education (in collaboration with other faculty, Emilie Camp and Steve Kroeger) and University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Research Mentoring Grants. Hord is looking to eventually expand the program through outside sources of funding such as the National Science Foundation. This year, most of the tutoring is affiliated with two special education courses taken by third-year students. While much of the tutoring occurs at Hughes STEM School, other schools within Cincinnati Public Schools, Sycamore Schools, Hamilton City Schools, Forest Hills Schools, Warren County Special Education Cooperative, and a few others also participate.
Hord stated, “I try to approach this as research, teaching, and service being done simultaneously with all of these supporting each other. For instance, undergrads go into the community and work with local students with disabilities. The undergrads bring back their experiences to class and we all learn from those experiences and connect these very specific findings to broad theories and concepts from research in special education, math education, science education, cognitive psychology, educational psychology.” His undergraduate and graduate research assistants work with him to connect ideas in the research they do and the existing research-base. They link those concepts to the data collected in the field so that the tutoring provided improves over time.