Position Summary | Schedule | Financial Benefits

Early grade literacy is a critical milestone for all students. Today, less than a quarter of 3rd-grade children in Milwaukee and Racine are reading proficiently. We are part of a state-wide initiative working to change this – working to 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!

Position Summary

Discover how Kallie is changing the lives of struggling students everyday.

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.


After we hire and train a tutor for a school, the school and its students rely on that tutor for the whole school year – no substitutes or replacements. We are seeking candidates who are ready to make either a full-time or part-time commitment to serve students everyday for 11 months.

Full-time Plus:

  • 45 hours per week
  • 5 days per week, Monday-Friday, consistent schedule everyday
  • Position requires 11 month commitment from August 2018 – June 2019
  • Before and/or after-school required


  • 35 hours per week
  • 5 days per week, Monday-Friday, consistent schedule everyday
  • Position requires 11 month commitment from August 2018 – June 2019


  • 25 hours per week
  • 5 days per week, Monday-Friday, consistent schedule everyday
  • Position requires 11 month commitment from August 2018 – June 2019

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Financial Benefits

Living allowance

Tutors receive a living allowance. Prior to taxes, the living allowance is paid bi-weekly and is approximately $624 for full time plus,  $439 for full-time and $330 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.

Education Award

Tutors who successfully complete their year of service will receive an education award of $5,920 for full-time plus, $4,144 for full-time or $2,960 for part-time service. 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.


Health insurance

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. 


Childcare assistance

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.