Early grade literacy is a critical milestone for all students. Today, over half of 3rd-grade children in Wisconsin struggle to read. We are part of a state-wide initiative working to make a change and help all of our children reach their full potential. If you are interested in a position where you will make a measurable and lasting impact on students, consider becoming a literacy tutor with Wisconsin Reading Corps! We have opportunities in Milwaukee, West Allis, Waukesha, Racine, and Watertown.
Elementary Literacy Tutors work one-on-one with Kindergarten – 3rd grade students who need extra support learning to read. Tutors are trained to use a variety of scripted Reading Corps literacy strategies, called interventions, to provide 20-minute, one-on-one sessions throughout the day. Tutors work with the same students every day. Tutors help their students practice fluency skills such as reading with expression, stopping at punctuation marks, and reading without errors. Tutors are also trained and supported to conduct quick and easy literacy assessments, and enter the student data into an online data system each week. Tutors review student data on a regular basis with their literacy coach to monitor the progress of each student, and to know if they need to change their tutoring to better meet each student’s needs. Tutors also help to support the school’s before and/or after-school program.
Tutors attend required Reading Corps sponsored trainings to learn the literacy strategies, and will receive the support of a coach in order to implement the strategies successfully. Be one of 80,000 Americans who choose to invest in their communities by serving in AmeriCorps each year!
The application for the 2019-20 school year is now available!
We have great full-time and part-time opportunities for you! Wisconsin Reading Corps is perfect for recent grads, career changers, stay-at-home parents and retirees. We provide all the training and tools you need to be successful.
Tutors serve in a full-time (35 hours per week) or a part-time (25 hours per week) schedule during the August 2019 through June 2020 school year
Serve every school day (usually five days a week)
Training to begin tutoring is offered in August, October and January
Many tutors continue serving the subsequent school year (August 2020 through June 2021)
Tutors receive a living allowance. Prior to taxes, the living allowance is paid bi-weekly and is approximately $533* for full-time and $383* for part-time. Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to serve with Reading Corps.
Tutors who successfully complete their year of service will receive an education award of $4,266 for full-time or $3,047 for part-time service. For tutors completing more or less than a year of service, the education award will be prorated. The education award can be used to pay back federal student loans, the cost of tuition or other educational purposes. The award has a seven-year expiration period and can be used at any accredited post-secondary school. Please note that the Education Award is considered taxable income in the year that it is used.
Tutors who are 55 or older at the start of their service enjoy an additional benefit. They may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child within seven years. The award must be used within ten years of the tutor receiving it.
Student loan forbearance
If a tutor is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during his or her year of service. Upon successful completion of the program, the accrued interest will be paid by the National Service Trust.
Full-time and full-time plus tutors are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan through Reading Corps. Because this plan may differ from a traditional major medical health plan, applicants are encouraged to review The Corps Network Health Plan Summary to determine if the insurance provided by Reading Corps will meet their health needs during their term of service. Health coverage is available for full-time and full-time plus tutors only. The insurance does not cover dependents. Using a health care provider "in the network" will save money. You may search the Insurance Company Website – specify the plan to find a doctor or facility in the network.
Full-time and full-time plus members may qualify (based on income) to receive child care reimbursement assistance. If you are interested in this benefit, please contact us to learn more about this benefit before accepting a position.
Public Transportation Pass
All tutors are eligible for a free bus pass during their term of service which is valued at $1,575.
*Additional housing stipend
Tutors receive both a living stipend and an optional housing stipend. The housing stipend is $88 for full-time and $65 for a part-time tutor which is paid bi-weekly.