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Individualized Tutoring

A turnkey solution to help students catch up and keep up

Lead to Read KC, in partnership with live reading app Hoot Reading, offers schools a research-based, proven reading intervention for kindergarten through third grade students with measurable results in just 5 to 10 weeks.

This program provides one-to-one, evidence-based literacy instruction rooted in the Science of Reading. An experienced, highly qualified teacher in early literacy works with each student remotely three times each week to help them master foundational reading skills.

Tutoring student reading on tablet
Tutoring student studying book on Hoot app

Program Highlights

  • Turnkey, one-to-one, high-dosage tutoring
  • Utilizes experienced, certified classroom teachers
  • Lead to Read KC staff manages the program from start to finish
  • Reduces teacher workload
  • Data-driven instruction based on the Science of Reading
  • Lessons are tailored to each student’s needs
  • Seamlessly integrates into the school’s reading curriculum and ELA block
  • Designed to reduce time away from the classroom
  • School identifies students to participate
  • Run up to 24 students simultaneously per session
  • Hoot Reading monitors each student’s progress throughout the program
  • Devices and headsets are included
  • Can be run during the school year or over the summer

Instruction based on Science of Reading

Sessions per week

Students run simultaneously

Lessons total


Students improved their reading skills

How It Works

  1. A Lead to Read KC Tutoring Facilitator arrives at the school and sets up a tablet and microphone headset for each participating student in the school library or an unused room.
  2. The Tutoring Facilitator picks up the students from their regular classroom and helps them log onto the Hoot Reading video chat platform.
  3. Students spend 25 minutes working one-on-one with the same certified teacher for each session of the 5- or 10-week program.
  4. Hoot Reading provides the school with individual progress reports and a data summary.
Tutoring tablet

“Hoot Reading has been a lifeline for our students. The growth they have shown is amazing! I am grateful for the opportunity to work with this program. It’s been worth every penny and every minute of instructional time.”


Principal, George Melcher Elementary School

Tutoring Partners

Participating schools and programs vary each semester. Those listed below are either past or current participants. Contact Tutoring Program Manager Bev Leonard at bev@leadtoreadkc.org to learn more about this innovative turnkey tutoring intervention.

Académie Lafayette Charter
3421 Cherry St, KCMO 64109
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Academy For Integrated Arts Charter
7910 Troost Ave, KCMO 64131
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
3831 E 43rd St, Kansas City, MO 64130
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Brookside Charter
1815 E 63rd St, KCMO 64130
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Citizens of the World Charter
3435 Broadway Blvd, KCMO 64111
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Garfield Elementary
436 Prospect Ave, KCMO 64124
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Genesis Charter
3800 E 44th St, KCMO 64130
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George Melcher Elementary
3958 Chelsea Ave, KCMO 64130
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Hope Leadership Academy
2800 Linwood Blvd, KCMO 64128
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KIPP Endeavor Academy Charter
2700 E 18th St, KCMO 64127
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Oak Grove Elementary
5340 Oak Grove Road, KCK 66106
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Scuola Vita Nuova (SVN) Charter
535 Garfield Ave, KCMO 64124
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Turner Elementary
1800 S 55th St, KCK 66106
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University Academy Charter
6801 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131
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Upper Room KC
300 E 39th St, Suite 2M, KCMO 64111
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3100 Broadway St, Suite 1020, KCMO 64111
Organization Website

Get Involved

We need you! There are so many ways to be part of the solution to our community’s literacy crisis. Choose to give your time or resources to Lead to Read KC.