Q: What are the best practices for implementing Tutoring hours?
Setting your Virtual Tutoring Program Up for Success - FEV TUTOR BEST PRACTICES
FEV Tutor’s live, 1-to-1 tutoring is most effective when tutors can connect sessions to core class instruction. Outlined below are best practices to collaborate with FEV Tutor to create a tutoring program that is grounded in data and aligned with core instructional strategies. Follow these best practices to help ensure your students get the most of your live, 1-to-1 tutoring initiative.
COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM DESIGN
The cornerstone of any successful program is the establishment of SMART Goals.
FEV Tutor provides a live service that is completely customized to meet the needs of our school and district partners. We recommend that FEV’s Academic Success Team travel on-site to meet with key stakeholders for a Blueprint/Vision meeting before launching a new tutoring program. During this meeting, we will establish SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound). SMART goals can vary for each school, student cohort, or class enrolled in tutoring. Our team then employs backward planning to establish parameters for the program that both maximizes your investment and is designed to accomplish each SMART goal.
DRIVEN BY SCHOOL/ DISTRICT DATA
Our most successful programs are grounded in YOUR students’ existing benchmark data.
The most direct and effective method for aligning 1-to-1 tutoring with core instructional strategies is to create informed targeted tutoring plans with existing district/school benchmark data. Example data points include: interim assessment scores, NWEA RIT scores, results from state exams, SAT/ACT scores, etc. This data allows FEV to differentiate tutoring for each student by creating highly-targeted Personalized Tutoring Plans that align to existing district/school initiatives. If no data is available, FEV can administer a standards-aligned pre-test. Benchmark data will serve as the baseline to assess the effectiveness of FEV’s tutoring program.
DYNAMIC ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING
Ongoing 2-way communication enables FEV to further improve and personalize instruction.
FEV Tutor offers schools a live service, which means our programs are adaptive and can be quickly altered on an ongoing basis. FEV Tutor communicates weekly with stakeholders to share reports containing formative assessment data, student feedback, attendance data and more. In our most successful programs, classroom teachers and administrators also share observations from the classroom, feedback on FEV reporting, and additional benchmark data points with the FEV Education team. These data points allow us to continually mold tutoring to meet students’ needs. Our Education Team is available by phone, email, web-meeting, and can even travel on-site to gather feedback from stakeholders to improve tutoring to achieve our established SMART goals. Remember, FEV is here as a resource for your teachers to extend their reach. The more feedback we receive, the closer our tutoring will connect to the students’ core learning environment.
INVOLVING PARENTS & FAMILIES
Sharing student progress with families helps to further personalize tutoring.
FEV Tutor has a Family & Student Engagement team available to provide 24/7 support to parents and families. In our most successful tutoring programs, schools leverage this team to foster communication directly with families to: inform parents about the availability of virtual tutoring services, communicate the goals of the tutoring program, and to provide academic consultation. For schools offering tutoring outside of school day programming, this team can also establish tutoring schedules. FEV can even share weekly progress reports directly with parents to keep families engaged in the student’s academic success.
MEASURING TANGIBLE ACADEMIC GROWTH
Analyzing multiple measures allows you to evaluate student growth & program effectiveness
All of FEV’s programs are backward planned with one goal in mind: to show objective and measurable tangible student growth that can be directly correlated to the use of our tutoring programs. At the conclusion of a virtual tutoring program, FEV’s Data Analysis team will analyze quantitative and qualitative data to measure student growth and program effectiveness. In our most successful programs, schools also share district/school benchmark data so our team can analyze key tutoring performance measures, formative assessment data, growth pre-test to post-test, interim assessment growth (or similar), and ultimately proficiency on state exams. Many school partners will share the data of a control group so that we can compare the effectiveness of our intervention through scientific analysis.