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Heart Celebrates 10 Years and Counting with Keynote Speaker Event


On Thursday, February 22nd, Heart Math Tutoring celebrated 10 years of service in Charlotte with a special keynote speaker event at The Revelry North End; thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate! We loved having the opportunity to gather with Heart tutors, donors, teachers, staff, and community partners to celebrate your collective impact and hear keynote speaker Deborah Peart’s inspirational words:

“We want to make sure that students recognize that they can embrace mathematics as a part of their identity they

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Heart Tutors Featured in Article by The 74


Heart Math Tutoring and two longtime Heart tutors were featured in an article by national education news site, The 74! The article highlights the need for students to have hands-on experience with numbers and how Heart tutors contribute to this research supported instruction.

The 74 quoted leaders in math education, including Dr. Dionne Cross Francis and Dr. Jo Boaler, on their support for emphasizing concrete math activities. Francis said, “we want to engage kids in really rich worthwhile experiences where they’re developing concepts from engagement … continue reading

Sherpa and Heart Tutoring Presentation


It was our pleasure to start the Sherpa Spotlight Series with a fun seasonal theme – “Tips and Tricks to Make Math Less Scary”! At Sherpa’s invitation, Heart Tutoring’s Executive Director Emily Gaffney reviewed the importance of early math skills and shared resources for easy ways parents can support young children in building an understanding of numbers. Gaffney shared, “When children become powerful with numbers, it impacts the rest of their lives – from developing important habits like perseverance, clear thinking, and problem-solving, to feeling … continue reading

The Importance of Growth Mindset


Earlier this year, several of our volunteers joined Heart staff to participate in Heart Tutoring’s first-ever book club. The selected book was Limitless Mind, Jo Boaler’s most recent research of fixed versus growth mindsets and the impacts those different notions have, not only in the perceived abilities of students, but also in the attitudes of adults.

Concurrently, Sarah Cover, one of our program managers, completed an online course led by Jo Boaler and based upon the classroom research found in her book, Mathematical Mindsetscontinue reading

Internal program evaluation indicates positive effects on students’ long-term achievement


Heart Math Tutoring’s mission is to ensure all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success, by helping schools use volunteers as tutors. During the spring, Heart Tutoring conducted an internal evaluation specifically determining the program’s effect on students’ long-term success.

Thanks to a data-sharing agreement with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Heart Tutoring was able to conduct internal analysis of 30,965 observations of deidentified students using fixed effects regression models by school, year, and grade, or by school-grade-year … continue reading

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