Make the most of your tutoring resources by using Tutoring with the Lightning Squad!

Tutoring With the Lightning Squad is a web and in-person intervention with game-based elements that teach phonics, fluency, and comprehension as children in grades one to three read with a peer partner, alternating roles as “coach” and “player.” Developed by Sirius Thinking, LTD, Success for All Foundation, and Sesame Workshop, through a 2015 ED/IES SBIR award, and is currently being evaluated through a 2019 ED/IES Education Research grant. Click here to see a demo of the program.

Students improve their phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension through interactive and team-based games.

Students can practice reading skills in school, and show-off their progress at home through a unique feature called Home Links. Online Home Links videos reinforce the skills and concepts that are being addressed during the tutoring session.

In a 2013 study, students receiving tutoring via a computer-assisted model increased their reading achievement 3.5 to 5 months more over the course of the year than students that received similar or little tutoring.

Tutoring with the Lightning Squad includes:

  • Web-based tutoring with no software installation
  • Tutoring with the Lightning Squad support materials
  • Professional development for teachers and tutors, and a robust library of online resources
  • Reports to show student progress
  • Home Links to let students share their process with their parents

Click the video below to see Tutoring with the Lightning Squad in action!


Comprehensive, upfront training prepares tutors to begin tutoring quickly and easily!

  • One on-site training day is scheduled for initial training.
  • Follow-up support, online coaching sessions, and online data reviews are all included in the yearly licensing fee.

Lightning Squad Samples

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