Ohio Reading Corps Tutor / AmeriCorps Member (Northeast Ohio)
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
Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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
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.
Project Coordinator, District Coaches, Teachers, Principal
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.