STEP (Supporting Tutors Engaging Pupils) is a structured tutoring program designed to help build reading and language skills in K-3 students who are below grade level. The goal of STEP is to provide skill-based instruction to improve literacy outcomes by helping students acquire the skills necessary for literacy success.
This database includes an initial set of organizations that offer tutoring, technology platforms or academic interventions along with relevant information if available. This is not meant to be an inclusive list, but a starting point. We welcome additional organizations to join the database by completing this form.
We welcome additional organizations to join the database.
- Tutoring programs are those organizations that offer one-on-one and/or small group tutoring directly to students, either in-person, virtually, or through both modes of delivery.
- Technology platforms are technology platforms that facilitate tutoring programs.
- Interventions offer materials (e.g., an instructional scope and sequence, placement assessment, progress monitoring tools) that are used by a tutoring program, but do not offer tutoring directly.
This database is intended for Districts, States or nonprofits to identify potential tutoring partners, for potential tutors to identify potential employers and for tutoring organizations to have a clearer understanding of the landscape and to identify interventions that might be useful to their programs, if needed.
Please note that some of these programs are also listed on ProvenTutoring.org where you can find additional information on relevant research studies and costs.
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Step Up Tutoring is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens, trains, matches and supports volunteer tutors with elementary school students for twice per week online tutoring and mentoring. Tutoring currently focuses on English Language Arts and math.
Stepping Stones to Literacy (SSL) is a supplemental curriculum designed to promote listening, print conventions, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and serial processing/rapid naming (quickly naming familiar visual symbols and stimuli, such as letters or colors).
Steps to Success is a Supplemental Service Provider for the Colorado Department of Education, offering one-on-one reading tutoring using multisensory, synchronous online instruction from a tutor and blended instruction with Lexia Reading Core 5.
The sudden switch to virtual learning impacted all K-12 students, the ones whose education was impacted most were elementary and middle schoolers. Our team saw an opportunity to build a community to teach young students and help older students meet their graduation requirements through Student Power.
SuccessMaker is a learning program that functions much like a personal tutor for students. It has a reading and a math component. Your school could be using reading or math or both.
Tutors will work with small groups of three students at Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs three times a week. Preservice and current teachers will serve as tutors, focusing primarily on math instruction and enrichment. Tutoring will be offered as part of the programs already in place at these locations, for example summer camps.
Identify gaps in learning (*focusing on reading intervention) that are preventing student success; and address the gaps in a highly efficient manner, using high-quality phonics curriculum.
We aim to bridge the gap in education caused by underlying socioeconomic issues. Our program offers general subject tutoring (English, Maths, Computer Science, History) and SAT/PSAT/ACT enhancement taught by top-scoring students. We offer group sessions and one-to-one classes on a weekly basis and an on-demand Q&A service for all school topics.
We have supported over 100 students from four continents on SAT, helping them improve their SAT scores significantly in addition to schoolwork help. Students within our SAT class have improved a collective 2000 points, from the 1300s range to 1500+. Collectively, we have provided over 1200 answers to student questions.
Virtual high-impact after school tutoring via one-on-one or small class size(s). Provision of STEM/STEAM after school enrichment programs.
Targeted Reading Instruction (TRI; formerly called Targeted Reading Intervention) is a professional development program for K-2 teachers with an embedded reading intervention. Teachers work one-on-one with a beginning reader for 15 minutes a day for a period of eight to ten weeks. TRI literacy coaches support teachers with an initial training institute followed by weekly web-based coaching while a teacher works with a student.
Founded in 2011 and home-grown in Philly, TEACH offers exceptional tutoring and educational programming K-College. TEACH’s tutoring approach starts with building strong relationships to promote both academic and social-emotional development through creative, engaging lessons. In a typical academic year, we serve upward of 640 students through classes and 1-on-1 tutoring, 75 educators through teacher professional development, and coordinate partnership programs with 10-15 local schools, charter networks, or nonprofits. The majority of our partnerships extend over multiple years and grant cycles. Our team believes that education can be a powerful experience that disrupts the systemic inequities that students, families, and communities face in the Greater Philadelphia area. We strive to increase educational opportunities for students by offering programming at no cost to families through grants with external partners, internal TEACH scholarships, and our Get 1, Give 1 initiative for 1-on-1 lessons.
Techfunic offers personalized online co-learning for children resulting in higher STEM proficiency. Your child interacts with live friends and tutors, not lifeless videos. Techfunic matches a maximum of 3 children with a tutor, creating small pods ensuring participative engagement in all children, resulting in higher grades, social skills and confidence in children over-time and enhancing their self-esteem.
Teens Tutor Teens is designed to allow youth to guide and educate youth on their educational journey. K-12 youth and those seeking GED assistance are paired with Teen Tutors who have undergone rigorous vetting and instruction approval to work with students. It is 1:1 tutoring but can also be a small group.
7-8 week program using trained college students to tutor students in 1st-4th grade through pre-existing community-based summer programs.
Our program teaches phonetic skills and learning strategies appropriate for all elementary reading programs. Each lesson plan provides step-by-step instructions allowing anyone, from classroom volunteers to reading teachers, to work with a student without preparation. Because of its accessibility, our reading curriculum fits well in any school reading group, one-to-one instruction, or community learning center.
Peak Reader® is a proactive research-based curriculum and provides structured tutoring, high-quality training and supportive supervision. It’s a solution with an unmatched success rate!
The Peak Reader® includes Level I and II or Level III curriculum, a training video, Site Coordinator Manual, stickers, and manipulatives.
The Peak Reader Level I and II is appropriate for students who need help with basic reading skills and are reading at a 1st, 2nd or early 3rd grade level.
Five basic parts to the Levels I and II
The Peak Reader Level III is appropriate for students who are reading at a 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade level.
Students learn to read strategically and gather data using the Level III curriculum.
Three basic parts to the Level III
Specific word analysis reading skills
Study and Test Taking Skills
Gateway begins with a diagnostic assessment to determine exactly where students' skill levels are. Then we have a goal-setting session to develop the high-impact tutoring program that is designed to bring the skill levels up to where they need to be and to continue them from there.
The Halifax Helpers offers three free, virtual tutoring programs. The first is an Academic stream that supports students in all school subjects. The second is our EAL program that provides 1-on-1 English tutoring to language learners. The third is an EAL conversation group which provides a fun an dynamic environment for students to practice conversational English.
Key Features of Our Tutoring Program:
Personalized Approach: We believe that each student has unique learning needs. Our tutors work closely with students to identify their strengths, areas of improvement, and learning styles. This personalized approach ensures that students receive tailored support that meets their specific academic requirements.
Diverse Subject Coverage: Our tutoring program covers a wide range of subjects, from mathematics and science to English language arts and social studies. This diversity ensures that students receive assistance in the subjects they need help with the most, contributing to their overall academic growth.
Experienced Volunteer Tutors: Our dedicated team of volunteer tutors brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the program. These volunteers, who come from various professional backgrounds, are passionate about education and committed to making a positive impact on students' lives. Flexible Learning Environment: We offer both one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions, allowing students to choose the learning environment that suits them best. Whether students prefer individual attention or collaborative learning, our program caters to their preferences.
Academic Enrichment: Beyond homework help, our tutors focus on building fundamental skills, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and study strategies. These skills empower students to become independent learners and succeed academically in the long run.
Online Accessibility: Our program is accessible online, making it convenient for students to receive tutoring from the comfort of their homes. This online approach also enables us to reach students in various geographic locations.
Continuous Monitoring and Feedback: Our tutors continuously monitor students' progress and provide regular feedback to students and their families. This ensures that students are making steady improvements and are on track to meet their academic goals.
Empowering Confidence: Beyond academics, our tutors also focus on boosting students' confidence and self-esteem. As students conquer challenges and achieve milestones, they develop a newfound belief in their abilities.
Impactful Success Stories: Our Tutoring Program has yielded numerous success stories, where students who initially struggled in certain subjects have not only improved but have also gained a renewed enthusiasm for learning.
Community Engagement: We foster a sense of community among students, tutors, and families. Through workshops, seminars, and events, we encourage collaboration, share best practices, and celebrate achievements.
We are a high-dosage reading tutorial program.
There are two parts to Max: The Max Class, our free resource repository, and Max Services, which provides students with free tutoring and paid essay editing.
The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL) is a multidisciplinary research team whose overarching goal is to create solutions to educational challenges. KUCRL is dedicated to development and research of educational programs and practices that improve outcomes for all learners, including those with learning differences or disabilities. These interventions and practices address higher-order reasoning skills, adolescent literacy, adult literacy, language and reading comprehension strategies, written expression strategies, math skills and strategies, social emotional learning skills, and explicit instruction and routines that respond to diversity in today’s schools.
Students meet in person in small groups, workshop groups, or individually to work towards writing and reading goals. The program is open to students ages 14-18 or students currently enrolled in a high school or the homeschool equivalent.
ThemeReads is designed to increase vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and background knowledge through brief, content-rich books meant to be read quickly and with understanding, allowing practice both with reading and with acquisition of specialized vocabulary and knowledge in content areas. ThemeReads texts focus around various content area themes, with multiple texts on each topic, providing more opportunity to practice reading content area words and synthesizing across texts to develop deeper knowledge in each topic.
Superintendents face three critical challenges:
1) Improving the performance of underperforming students
2) Mitigating the effects of poverty on student learning
3) A growing teacher shortage crisis
Thinkist provides scalable district-wide peer tutoring programs that work.
Our peer-to-peer online tutoring platform leverages the greatest untapped resource in education – students – and gives them the tools they need to help themselves thrive.
High-performing students are trained to become peer tutors. They earn certifications, and community service hours, and build their resumes.
Students who need help receive free tutoring rooted in a curriculum and educational approach validated by four decades of research.
School districts improve student outcomes and create a new generation of educators.
Built and advised by some of the leading minds in education, Thinkist makes high-value peer tutoring scalable, safe, and open to almost anyone.
Third Space Learning provides scheduled online one-on-one math tutoring programs for schools that follow structured, research-based instructional materials. Lesson content is personalized for individual students, aligned to state standards and delivered by STEM specialist tutors.
Schools select the students who need supplementary math instruction and Third Space Learning gives them a scalable and accessible way to provide high-quality one-on-one math instruction for multiple students.
Structured and consistent instructional materials provide scaffolded support for students where they need it most, with each lesson following an ‘I do, we do, you do’ format.
Lessons are available for every state’s standards and for common core. Schools can choose for students to progress through the standards-aligned lessons in the default order, or to choose specific standards for specific students to cover.
Sessions are scheduled in students’ academic schedule, when students work through the chosen lesson with their own dedicated online math tutor, drawing and typing on their shared screen and engaging in mathematical discussion via the free headsets provided.
All Third Space Learning tutors hold or are working towards a University degree in STEM or other math-related subject, are fully background-checked and undergo a rigorous initial training program followed by ongoing professional development and quality assurance. Training focuses on delivering effective, engaging and high-quality one-on-one math lessons.
Regular progress reports are available to help schools monitor each student’s learning growth over time. After just one session, 90% of students show a solid understanding of the concept they’ve been learning. Within a few weeks, students make accelerated progress and report increased confidence in math.
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