In partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE), CityTutor DC has developed this toolkit to share resources and supports to help school leaders brainstorm and implement high-impact tutoring (HIT) in their schools, aligned to the following standards drawn from national research on HIT.
High-impact tutoring (sometimes referred to as “high-dosage tutoring”) is a research-backed practice to substantially improve academic outcomes. High-impact tutoring is meant to supplement classroom learning and complement teacher curriculum. In a small group or one-on-one setting, a trained tutor and student meet frequently and consistently, typically with a focus on math or literacy. While these tools can be useful to many stakeholders, the intended audience of this guide is school leaders in Washington, DC.
Many of these tools are discussed in and derived from the CityTutor DC Design Sprints, a multi-week learning series to support schools and community-based organizations in designing and implementing high-impact tutoring in their daily work. Learn more here.
Why should you consider high-impact tutoring as an acceleration strategy for your students?
What curricular materials and training will the tutors use?
Can you modify your schedule since school day tutoring is most effective? Can you find 90 minutes per week for each student and maximize the number of students getting high-impact support?
Will students be pulled from class to a designated space for tutoring and are teachers supportive? Will tutors push into a small group time with the teacher? If after school, will students be guided to a space and set up for tutoring success?
How can you design collaboratively for the students at the margins with empathy, considering your own identity? How can you navigate logistics such as procurement and any central LEA office requirements?
*CityTutor DC (CTDC) is a coalition of over 50 members connecting schools, community-based organizations, civic partners, and other committed stakeholders to accelerate learning for Washington, DC students through high-impact tutoring according to research based standards. CTDC has partnered with OSSE to support our State Education Agency in achieving their goal: a majority of at-risk students across DC are on track to recover from interrupted instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic via access to high-impact tutoring programs at their schools.