If you are looking to make a difference in the life of a young person, consider joining AmeriCorps as a reading or math tutor for the upcoming school year.
According to Minnesota Reading and Math Corps Program Manager Amanda Erickson, eight reading and math tutors are still needed for the upcoming year to fill positions in Cambridge Intermediate, Cambridge Primary, Isanti Intermediate, Isanti Primary, Isanti Middle School and the School for All Seasons. There are also openings at the Art and Science Academy in Isanti. To view open positions, interested applicants should visit https://www.readingandmath.net/.
Math and reading tutors are fully trained by Math Corps and Reading Corps. Tutor candidates come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from high school graduates to retirees. Mid-career individuals considering a professional change are also excellent candidates. Parents also find serving as a tutor is a great way to support their child’s school.
Erickson said they have rolling start dates August through November, but the next application deadline is Sept. 15.
“The Minnesota Reading and Minnesota Math Corps programs have been highly successful in closing the achievement gap,” Erickson said. “Some students need additional help. Studies show that reading success by third-grade and math success by eighth-grade are key indicators for further academic achievement.”
They have full and part-time positions that fit a variety of schedules. Tutors serving in full-time capacity serve around 45 hours per week and part-time tutors serve around 25 hours per week.
Erickson explained there are different types of tutors involved in the program.
• Preschool literacy tutors serve in classrooms of children ages 4-5 to develop children’s early literacy skills in preparation for Kindergarten, serving alongside the classroom teacher.
• Elementary literacy tutors are placed at an elementary school to provide supplemental practice to children in kindergarten- through third-grade to develop their reading skills.
• Math enrichment tutors work with pairs of students in fourth- through eighth-grade, helping ensure students are proficient in algebra by the end of eighth-grade.
Tutor positions through the Minnesota Reading and Minnesota Math Corps are paid service positions. At the end of their service, tutors receive money to pay for school or repay qualified student loans.
Full-time tutors earn $574 every two weeks and an education award of $5,815 and are eligible to receive health insurance and child care assistance. Part-time tutors earn $287 every two weeks and an education award of $2,547.
No matter the reason for becoming a tutor, Erickson said the tutors find it enjoyable.
“Most say the joy of watching a child grow and succeed is extraordinarily rewarding,” Erickson said. “Some tutors use this experience as a springboard for a career in education. Others use this as a meaningful ‘gap year’ or to repay student loans while they figure out what they want to do next. Many retirees become tutors because it provides a renewed sense of purpose. Almost all say, they get as much, if not more, out the experience as the students.”
Erickson explained literacy tutor positions are open at more than 800 Reading Corps schools and early learning centers. About 200 Math Corps schools need math tutors throughout Minnesota.
Erickson explained they are looking for passionate individuals, 18 years and older, with at least a high school diploma or GED, who are committed to helping children learn. They fully train all candidates, so a background in education is not required. If anyone is interested they can apply at https://www.readingandmath.net/ or call 866-859-2825.
About Minnesota Reading Corps
One in three Minnesota third graders is not reading at grade level. Minnesota Reading Corps, a statewide program, provides a solution. The program places trained AmeriCorps tutors in schools and preschools, where they deliver proven literacy strategies to help children get ready for Kindergarten and on track to become successful readers by the end of third grade. A rigorous study conducted by the University of Chicago finds Reading Corps to be one of the most effective literacy programs nationwide. For more information visit www.minnesotareadingcorps.org.
About Minnesota Math Corps
State exam results show 40 percent of Minnesota eighth graders do not demonstrate grade-level proficiency in math. Minnesota Math Corps provides a solution to help students become successful 21st century learners and to narrow achievement gaps. The program places trained AmeriCorps tutors in Minnesota schools to deliver research-based math strategies that help students in grades four through eight build the skills needed to succeed in math. For more information about this statewide program, visit www.minnesotamathcorps.org.