With fewer than a third of Minnesota students achieving grade-level proficiency in literacy and math, one Reading Corps, five Math Corps, and two Early Learning Corps tutors are being sought to serve in Eden Prairie area schools beginning in August.
“Those numbers seem really daunting, but the good news is we have a solution that works,” says 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 placed at local schools can choose to serve 35, 25 or 18 hours a week. Some locations also have opportunities for 10 hours weekly. 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.
“With two-thirds of students needing extra support, to perform at grade level, tutors provide an essential boost absolutely essential,” says Fankhanel.
With so many students needing extra support to read and do math at grade level, more than 1,700 tutors are needed statewide. All tutors receive a stipend every two weeks (about $15/hour served), plus up to $4,800 to pay for college tuition or student loans. Those 55 or older may choose to gift their education award to their child, grandchild, stepchild, or foster child. Many tutors also qualify for benefits like free individual health insurance and childcare assistance.
For more information or to apply to become a tutor, visit readingandmath.org.
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