Tutors needed to help Minnesota students

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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Fewer than a third of Minnesota students achieve grade-level proficiency in literacy and math, making individual support more important than ever. Reading Corps, Math Corps and Early Learning Corps are set up to help. The AmeriCorps tutoring programs are looking for tutors all across the state to serve in area schools and preschools beginning this August.

“We know this solution works as independent research has shown students who have worked with our programs make greater gains and faster progress,” said Christine Fankhanel, director of Minnesota Programs with Reading Corps, Math Corps and Early Learning Corps. “When students work with a tutor, incredible things happen. They often make more than a year’s progress during the school year.”

Tutors are fully trained and will serve on-site at a local school 35, 25 or 18 hours a week. Using scripted activities, tutors meet with students individually and in small groups to practice essential skills. Prior teaching experience isn’t required — all tutors receive comprehensive training and ongoing coaching. Nine hundred more tutors are needed statewide. All tutors receive a stipend equivalent to about $15 per hour served every two weeks, plus up to $5,176.50 to pay for college tuition or student loans. Those who are 55 or older may choose to gift their education award to their child, grandchild, stepchild or foster child.

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Many tutors also qualify for additional benefits like free individual health insurance and child care assistance.

For more information or to apply to become a tutor, visit join.readingandmath.org/careers-home.