High-Quality Tutoring to Accelerate Learning: Implementing and Improving Your Program

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 04:00pm-05:30pm

The U.S. Department of Education’s ED COVID-19 Handbook highlights tutoring as a key strategy for supporting student academic needs and for addressing the impact of lost instructional time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds from the American Rescue Plan can be used to implement high-quality tutoring.

In this 90-minute REL West webinar, presenters will discuss tutoring as a way to address opportunity gaps exacerbated by the pandemic. They will share about evidence-based tools developed by Brown University’s National Student Support Accelerator that facilitate district planning, launch, and continuous improvement of effective tutoring programs.

This is the second in a three-part webinar series on high-quality tutoring as a strategy for accelerating learning after disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who Will Benefit

The target audience for this series includes local education agency (LEA) staff and school-level staff who have questions about choosing and implementing tutoring programs or approaches and state education agency (SEA) staff who have been tasked with distributing and vetting the use of ARP funds and seek information on evidence-based practices to assist districts and schools in choosing tutoring approaches.

What You Will Learn

Participants will:

  • Learn about factors to consider during four phases related to planning for and implementing tutoring programs
  • Explore evidence-based tools to use when launching tutoring programs and engaging in continuous improvement with districts and schools
  • Hear examples and lessons learned during the four phases from pilot sites as they implemented tutoring programs
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and receive resources to guide their own work


Kathy Bendheim is a consultant for the National Student Support Accelerator, where she focuses on addressing social and educational issues. She was also the Executive Director of the White House Council for Community Solutions.

Katie Drummond is a Senior Research Scientist at REL West with over 20 years of experience with evaluation and technical assistance projects related to literacy, early childhood, special education, and professional development.

Susanna Loeb is the Director of the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and founder and acting Executive Director of the National Student Support Accelerator. Her work focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students.