For eight years running, Tutors for All programs have achieved jaw-dropping results for Boston kids and the organizations that serve them. Settings have varied — High school/Middle School (and now Elementary School!); charter school/district school/community agency; during school/after-school – but the story has remained the same:
- Students come into Tutors for All program years below grade level in fundamental skills;
- Students receive high-dosage tutoring from Boston-area college students;
- Students catch up with, and at times even surpass, their suburban peers.
How have our programs accomplished this? What’s our “special sauce”? Can other schools and programs replicate our success? While each program in our history has its own unique story, we believe that seven key elements unite them and offer a roadmap to follow.
- High Quality Oversight
- Professionalization of Tutors
- 1:1 or 1:2 Ratios
- Balanced Collaboration and Autonomy
- Regular Assessment and Progress Monitoring
- Tutors for All (not Some)
- Leveraged Subsidies for Service
Over the next two months, we’ll drill down into each element, sharing what it means from a theoretical and practical standpoint. If you’re hungry for more now, take a look at this.