Best Practices for Tutoring Programs

Ensuring Positive Outcomes for Kids

Our work is grounded in Best Practices for Tutoring Programs. Each of the eight practices are research-based and proven to support positive outcomes for kids. Youth programs in any setting (school-based, community-based, faith-based, etc.) and at any level of development can use this guide to improve program quality and increase achievement for the students they serve.

Eight Best Practices

#1. Organizational Management

A best practice tutoring program has clear organizational structure and management that supports student success. Find resources that will help you improve your organizational management.

#2. Cultural Proficiency

A best practice tutoring program demonstrates cultural competence and strives for cultural proficiency. Find resources that will help your organization develop cultural competencies. 

#3. Student Recruitment & Management

A best practice tutoring program implements a clear plan to recruit and manage student participants. Find resources that will help you improve your student recruitment and management.

#4. Tutor Recruitment & Management

A best practice tutoring program follows a clear plan to recruit and manage tutors. Find resources that will help you improve your tutor recruitment and management.

#5. Tutor Training

A best practice tutoring program provides initial and ongoing training opportunities to build the capacity of tutors to best meet student needs. Find resources that will help enhance your tutor training.

#6. Tutoring Intervention

A best practice tutoring program provides high-quality tutoring interventions of sufficient duration and frequency that are aligned with classroom instruction. Find resources that will improve the quality of your tutoring interventions.

#7. Engagement with Families, Schools & Communities

A best practice tutoring program recognizes and engages families, schools and communities as necessary partners for improving student achievement. Find resources that will help you engage with families, schools and communities more effectively.

#8. Evaluation

A best practice tutoring program uses systematic evaluation to assess its impact on student outcomes and inform continuous improvement. Find resources that will enhance your evaluation efforts.

A Guide to Quality

Best Practices for Tutoring Programs: A Guide to Quality is a research-based guide for implementing and sustaining effective tutoring programs. For more information or questions regarding the guide, contact Victoria Perkins at Victoria.Perkins@SPPSFoundation.org or by calling 651.325.4282. You may also download a PDF version (6 MB file size).

Resources

To help programs implement tutoring practices proven to improve student achievement, we have published Best Practices for Tutoring Programs: A Guide to Quality. As a supplement to the guide, we have collated in-depth handbooks, templates and examples that programs can utilize as they embark on best practice strategies. Check out our resource library as you embark on a process of continuous improvement.