Ohio Reading Corps Volunteer with Stipend (North/Northeast Ohio)

Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County - Valley View, OH4.3

Full-time$800 a month
Title: Ohio Reading Corps Tutor / AmeriCorps Member (Northeast Ohio)

Position dates: September 4, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

This is a 900 hour service/volunteer position with AmeriCorps, requiring 30 hours per week for 10 months. Hours are mostly during the school day, approximately 8:30am-2:30pm Monday-Friday.
After attending a series of trainings, Members will provide literacy intervention in small groups, or one-on-one, to elementary students (Grade K-3) who are struggling with literacy. Each person is assigned to one school, where he/she will tutor a set group of students each day. Members will receive a stipend payment of $800 per month, plus an Education Award of at least $2,950 (see below for details).
The Ohio Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program with 120 members across Ohio aimed at improving reading skills of students in grades K - 3 who are below proficient reading level but are not eligible for special education services. The goal of the program is to have children reach proficient reading levels by providing one-on-one and small-group intervention targeting their specific needs as determined by data and teacher recommendation.
Placements in schools will be made according to people’s interest/geographic location and district needs. Members will be placed in one of the following districts in Cuyahoga County:
Akron Public Schools, Bedford City Schools, Constellation Schools, Garfield Heights City Schools, East Cleveland City Schools, and Maple Heights City Schools.
  • Must commit to minimum of 900 hours of service, which must be completed by June 30, 2020
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must be proficient in performing basic computer functions, including email
  • Must have a vehicle
  • All members must complete background checks (State criminal, FBI, and NSOPW) prior to starting service.
Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
Attitude and General Responsibilities
  • Flexibility is critical, given the school setting
  • Maintain a positive attitude toward children and staff
  • Value diversity among children, including backgrounds, behaviors, and learning styles.
  • Have a professional demeanor when interacting with teachers, parents, and administrators.
  • Respect confidentiality of students, staff, and fellow AmeriCorps members.
  • Support program staff, your supervisor, and administrative staff in duties as appropriate and necessary.
  • Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
  • Report any accidents, illness, sickness or signs of abuse or neglect to teacher / principal.
  • Maintain excellent attendance and follow correct procedures according to grant protocol
Program-specific duties
  • Provide daily reading/writing intervention to approximately 20 children total, one-on-one or in small groups for 15-30 minutes per day, 3 days per week minimum per student
  • Maintain a complete and accurate record of all project-related activities including student attendance and reading performance
  • Communicate directly with teachers/coaches/supervisor regarding student performance
  • Participate in ongoing training / professional development throughout the year
  • Participate in community service activities on National Days of Service (min. 1 per year)
  • Monitor progress by administering assessments properly and according to schedule
  • Complete all requirements stated in the AmeriCorps Member Agreement
Citizenship training and responsibilities
  • Participate in AmeriCorps training and events as required and requested by ServeOhio, Ohio’s Commission on Service and Volunteering.
  • Participate in and complete AmeriCorps citizenship training.
  • Participate in community service activities.
Program training
  • Participate in a series of trainings at the Educational Service Center.
  • Participate in training on specific strategies of reading instruction, reading assessments, and data entry/reporting provided by school districts.
  • Participate in a series of online trainings provided by the Educational Service Center
Stipend: Members of the Ohio Reading Corps will receive stipend payments of $800 per month, for a total amount of up to $8,000 for a minimum of 900 hours of service. In addition, Members who complete a minimum of 900 hours of service, including 90 hours of training, are eligible to receive an Education Award in the amount of at least $2,950 which can be used (1) to repay qualified student loans or (2) to cover the cost of current education expenses including Cost of Attendance (COA) for a degree or certificate-granting program at a Title IV school (e.g., tuition, books, room and board), expenses for non-degree courses (e.g., continuing education courses at Title IV schools), or expenses for attending a GI Bill-approved program. To receive this award, members must serve a minimum of 900 hours between September 4, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
Reports To: Project Coordinator, District Coaches, Teachers, Principal

Application Procedure:
Complete the online application.
Equal Employment Opportunity Council and Americans with Disabilities Act: Ohio Reading Corps will not discriminate against a member on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.