Tutoring with the Lightning Squad

Easy to use, and proven to help struggling students improve their reading skills, Tutoring with the Lightning Squad can be used remotely to help kids who are learning from home, or in a school setting.

Tutoring with the Lightning Squad (TwLS) is a small group, web-based reading program for struggling readers in first through fifth grade. Students work in pairs to improve phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension through interactive, partner-supported games. Online Home Link videos reinforce reading skills and let students show off what they are learning in school.

Tutoring with the Lightning Squad has a 1 Strong Evidence ESSA rating. In a recent study of students in Baltimore City, significant benefits were seen in all grades—students gained 25% of a grade level in one Baltimore City Schools analysis, and 38% of a grade level in another, based on Success for All’s Assessments.

• TwLS has a fast and easy start-up!
• Web-based tutoring, no software installation
• Detailed tutor guides and support materials
• Professional development for staff
• Reports to track and show student progress
• Home Link videos let students share progress with their parents.

“The Lightning Squad program has been a great tool to use with my students. It is easy to use and navigate, has fun activities, and I feel that it keeps the students engaged during the sessions. I would recommend this program to anyone who needs to work on their reading skills!” – Brittney Arrington— AmeriCorps and NC Literacy Corps Member, Communities in Schools of Durham