Nebraska SMART | Success Made Accessible Through Rural Tutoring

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About Us

Nebraska SMART is a free virtual tutoring program for students in grades K-12 in Educational Service Units 1, 4, and 13. Teacher education candidates from Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State Colleges remotely tutor students through an online tutoring platform.

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Informational Webinar

Nebraska SMART will host three (3) informational webinars at various times in August. Parents, Teachers, Counselors, Principals, and Superintendents are invited to attend. Join Julie Dickerson, Director of Nebraska SMART, to learn more about the free online tutoring program available for K-12 students in rural Nebraska. Click below to register for the webinar most convenient for you:

  • August 6, 2024
    2:00 PM CT/1:00 PM MT
  • August 9, 2024
    11:00 AM CT/10:00 AM MT
  • August 14, 2024
    4:00 PM CT/3:00 PM MT


Tutoring will resume in the Fall 2024 Semester. Tutoring hours will be posted at a later date.

How it Works

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.

How 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. The Parent Guide shows how to create an account, schedule a session, join on-demand, and more.

Find Your School

ESU 1 Schools

ESU 4 Schools

  • Auburn Public Schools
  • Falls City Public Schools
  • Falls City Sacred Heart
  • Humboldt - Table Rock – Steinauer Public Schools
  • Johnson-Brock Public Schools
  • Johnson County Central Public Schools
  • Lewiston School
  • Lourdes Central Catholic Nebraska City
  • Nebraska City Public Schools
  • Palmyra-Bennet Public Schools
  • Pawnee City Public Schools
  • St. Andrew Catholic School
  • Sterling Public Schools
  • Syracuse - Dunbar – Avoca Public Schools

ESU 13 Schools

Our Tutors

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

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Our Partners

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.

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For questions and/or more information, complete the following form, email, or call Julie Dickerson, Director of Nebraska SMART, at (402) 471-2505.