Literacy Tutor (2020-21, AmeriCorps)

The Literacy Lab

About the organization

The Literacy Lab’s mission is to provide low-income children with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. The Literacy Lab serves children from age three through grade three. We partner with school districts to help close the literacy gap largely by embedding full-time, rigorously-trained tutors in early childhood centers and elementary schools. The Literacy Lab also supports early literacy for families experiencing homelessness.

The Literacy Lab recognizes that ensuring all students have the chance to read proficiently is an urgent and critical need. Our approach is to provide Pre-K classrooms and elementary schools with evidence-based literacy intervention and full-time literacy tutors to implement the model. With the help of assessment tools, their coaching teams, and The Literacy Lab’s program staff, our tutors help their students become successful readers.

Duties

Tutors serve full-time for an entire academic year and work with a caseload of about 15-18 students who need targeted reading support. At their school site, tutors implement specific early literacy interventions, conduct weekly progress monitoring, and work with a team of coaches to make data-informed decisions to ensure each child is on track to read proficiently.

Tutors are a part of the school community and work to build strong relationships with students, teachers, and other staff. In addition, tutors participate in community-based volunteer opportunities and ongoing professional development sessions.

At a minimum, a tutor must:
- Serve in a full-time capacity, approx. 8 hours/ day, M-F
- Commit to a full service term (August-June)
- Implement feedback from coaches and program staff
- Utilize specific data-based and scripted curriculum
- Participate in service days, ongoing training, and other Literacy Lab events and meetings

Qualifications

ELIGIBILITY
At a minimum, all applicants must:
- Be at least 17 years old
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalency
- Have served no more than 3 previous AmeriCorps terms (no prior AmeriCorps experience necessary)
- Be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident

DACA recipients are unfortunately not eligible to apply. Candidates must not be registered, or be required to register, on any sex offender registry.

BENEFITS
- Over the course of their service term, tutors receive:
- A modest living allowance
- Federal student loan forbearance
- Segal Education Award upon completion of service
- Health insurance, with all premiums covered by The Literacy Lab
- Access to SNAP benefits, as well as Childcare and Employee Assistance Programs
- Transferable professional development that complements your service year experience

Salary

Modest living allowance

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
In addition to fulfilling our mission of ensuring that our students have the resources they need to be successful readers, we are proud to support diverse cohorts of tutors each year. We know that our cohorts are stronger when our tutors represent a number of different communities, cultures, religious backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.

Because of the systemic history of racial inequity in the teaching profession, we’re dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging educators of color. Research shows that students who have a teacher that looks like them early in their educational career are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS
The Literacy Lab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request. Required physical/sensory job functions are provided upon request.

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