How to make tutoring work

Susanna Loeb, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on tutoring, along with Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, and school district innovators and practitioners, discuss the ingredients of effective tutoring.

Who’s doing it well? What are the tradeoffs between tutoring during and after school and between tutoring in person and remotely? Should tutoring be targeted or made available to all students?

Read more about this roundtable.


Susanna Loeb

Education Economist and Director | Annenberg Institute at Brown University

Susanna Loeb is an education economist and one of the nation’s foremost experts on tutoring. She is the director of the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, which focuses on educational inequality.

Her research focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students. Her work has addressed issues of educator career choices and professional development, of school finance and governance, and of early childhood systems. She is the founder and acting executive director of the National Student Support Accelerator.

Before moving to Brown, Susanna was the Barnett Family Professor of Education at Stanford University. She was the founding director of the Center for Education Policy (CEPA) at Stanford and co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Susanna led the research for both Getting Down to Facts projects for California schools.

Sal Khan

Founder & CEO | Khan Academy

Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. He is the founder of Khan Lab School, a nonprofit laboratory school in Mountain View, California, a cofounder of, a nonprofit that offers free tutoring over Zoom, and cofounder of Khan World School, a new nonprofit online high school.

Sal founded Khan Academy as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2008. Khan Academy’s platforms include more than 70,000 interactive practice problems as well as videos and articles that cover a range of preK–12 subjects. Khan Academy’s learning system is mastery based, which allows students to master key concepts at a pace that’s right for them before moving on to more challenging content. The organization partners with more than 280 school districts across the country. School districts use MAP Accelerator, Khan Academy Kids and Khan Academy Districts to help teachers tailor instruction for each student. Khan Academy is used in more than 190 countries and 51 languages.

Lakisha Young

Co-Founder & CEO | The Oakland REACH

Lakisha Young is Co-Founder & CEO of The Oakland REACH, a parent-run organization founded in 2016 with the mission to “make the powerless parent powerful.” She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that a good education changes lives. The Oakland REACH has conducted over 5,000 1:1s with parents in Oakland’s most underserved communities and trained 450 families in their fellowship program to create a team of informed and organized parent advocates fighting for quality schools.

Madyson Lee

Senior at Portola High School | Irvine Unified School District

Madyson Lee is a senior at Portola High School in Irvine Unified School District. She will be sharing her experiences with the district’s tutoring program.

Shaney Valencia

Coordinator of educational technology | Irvine Unified School District

Shaney Valencia is currently the coordinator of educational technology for the Irvine Unified School District in Orange County. She has served in many different roles in education, including classroom teacher. She designs and delivers professional learning to all stakeholders in the district to build the collective capacity in the transformative use of technology in the learning environment. Alongside the EdTech Team in IUSD, Shaney supported the sudden move to fully remote learning during 2020, and supported all teachers in leveraging technology to ensure Irvine Unified’s mission was never off course: to deliver the best educational experience we can envision.

Alyce Prentice

Area Superintendent | Green Dot Public Schools California

Alyce Prentice serves as an area superintendent for five middle and high schools in the South Los Angeles community.  She leads Green Dot’s Learning Acceleration programs and is deeply committed to Green Dot’s mission to close opportunity gaps for students and families. Alyce was previously the principal of Animo Leadership Charter High School, Green Dot’s founding school. Animo Leadership became a Gold Ribbon School under her leadership.  Alyce joined Green Dot in 2007 as a teacher and began her administrative career as an Administrator in Residence at Green Dot in 2010. Alyce began teaching in South Los Angeles and, during her first two years of teaching, she was a Teach for America corps member.

John Fensterwald

Panel moderator; Editor-At-Large | EdSource

John Fensterwald joined EdSource in 2012. For three years before that, he was founder and editor of the “The Educated Guess” website, a source of California education policy reporting, sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. For the preceding 11 years, John wrote editorials for the Mercury News in San Jose, with a focus on education. He worked as a reporter, news editor and opinion editor for three newspapers in New Hampshire before receiving a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 1997. His wife is a retired teacher, and their daughter is a neurology resident at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.

Anne Vasquez

CEO | EdSource

Anne Vasquez took the helm as EdSource’s Executive Director in May 2021. Previously, she served as Director of Content and Strategic Initiatives at EdSource. In that role, she helped shape editorial strategy, grow partnerships and expand the organization’s footprint throughout California. Prior to joining EdSource, Anne was an executive at Tribune Publishing, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Digital Officer. She previously was the Managing Editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Anne began her career at The Miami Herald and the San Jose Mercury News, where she was an education reporter and later an editor.