How It Works

High-Dosage Individual Tutoring with Intensive Family Support

One-On-One Tutoring

The Institute of Education Sciences reports that one-on-one tutoring for struggling readers in early elementary grades has the greatest positive effect on students’ literacy outcomes. Future Forward aligns with this best practice by having highly trained tutors provide direct individualized one-on-one reading instruction to students embedded in their regular school-day learning. Tutors are often college students, many of them pre-service teachers or in service-related fields of study, or retired educators whose passion for teaching keeps them engaged with student learning.


Tutors engage in 90 minutes of one-on-one tutoring sessions with each student, usually in three 30-minute lesson-blocks each week. They build unique, customized learning plans for every child that are developmentally appropriate and based on the science of reading. Future Forward team members work with their students’ teachers to integrate learning priorities taught in the classroom. Tutors are trained and supervised by state-certified educators or youth-serving professionals who support high-quality lesson planning and program implementation through observation and data collection.

While a lesson plan template is carefully crafted to guide tutors through each lesson and provide instruction aligned with the science of reading, specific content in every lesson is selected based on the unique and individual learning journey of each individual student. Lesson components include:

Student progress is monitored through ongoing instructional reading-level assessment, including regular Running Records and comprehension assessments approximately every third lesson, along with pre- and post-tests for each literacy skill unit, so that tutors can recognize when a student is ready to move on to a new skill-level. Additionally, student literacy progress is monitored using a formative STAR Early Literacy assessment administered at least twice a year.