What is Once?

Once is an early-reading program for pre-K or kindergarten students. We help schools deliver in-person, one-on-one tutoring sessions that are 15 minutes each day. We empower schools’ existing support staff (like aides, paras, volunteers, etc.) to deliver the high-impact tutoring that makes up the Once program. We provide these instructors with a scripted curriculum that is rooted in the Science of Reading. We train them at the beginning of the year, and then we coach them throughout the year as they tutor a consistent slate of students every school day.
Once instructors don’t need to have any special expertise in teaching reading because they use a carefully scripted curriculum and because every instructional session is recorded. We have a national network of coaches who watch those videos and then lead 30-minute, personalized coaching meetings with every instructor each week.

How does Once work?

  • Who: We train schools’ employees to deliver daily, scripted, one-on-one reading instruction to every targeted student.
  • Scheduling: The Once team works with the school to create a schedule that allows every student to get 15 minutes of daily, one-on-one tutoring while also not sacrificing core instructional time.
  • One-on-One: Each student sits next to and works with their instructor one-on-one for 15 minutes each day, working through the Once’s scripted curriculum.
  • Recorded Sessions: Sessions are recorded so that Once coaches can remotely provide feedback, coaching, and guidance to each school-based instructor and to guarantee that the curriculum is being implemented with fidelity to maximize student reading growth.
  • Weekly Coaching: Coaches from Once lead personalized, half-hour, video-conference meetings with each school-based instructor each week to provide feedback and to practice key components of their instruction.