Minnesota Reading Corps

You’re ready for growth. Whether you’re looking to explore a new career in education, reenter the workforce or simply want to work with kids, you’re ready. So what are you waiting for? Become a Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor at Hilltop, Pine Bend and Salem Hills and start creating meaningful growth. Four full-time Elementary Literacy Tutor position(s) are available, dependent on AmeriCorps funding. In addition, one full-time and one half-time Preschool Literacy Tutor positions are available at Hilltop and Salem Hills.

Minnesota Reading Corps, the country’s largest state AmeriCorps program, will train and place over 1,000 literacy tutors in schools across the state. These tutors provide research-based strategies, monitor progress and ultimately, guide struggling students toward becoming successful readers by the end of third grade. They are seeing real results and catching kids up to their peers. All while building valuable professional experience. It’s a chance to explore life in our school and create growth– both in your life and a young child’s life.

During your 11-month AmeriCorps service, you’ll receive extensive training, support and general professional development opportunities. In addition, you’ll receive a living stipend, an education award, and other benefits if eligible.

All tutors serve 11 months as AmeriCorps members, beginning in August, and will be trained by Minnesota Reading Corps to provide proven, data-driven literacy strategies to at-risk children.

Elementary Literacy Tutors work one-on-one with K-3 children who need help learning to read. These AmeriCorps members are trained in research-based strategies and use prescribed literacy interventions and conduct weekly progress monitoring to ensure the student is on track to read at grade level by the end of third grade. They commit to daytime hours and are placed in elementary schools, where they build their professional experience and network.

Preschool Literacy Tutors are embedded into a classroom of children ages three to five to develop children's early literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten. These AmeriCorps members are trained in research-based strategies and collaborate with the classroom teaching staff to enhance daily literacy opportunities and conduct literacy assessments to ensure children are on track to read by the end of third grade. They commit to daytime hours and are placed in preschools, where they build their professional experience and network.


  • Strong interest in education, specifically helping children develop early language and literacy skills
  • Experience working with children, preferably in an early childhood setting or as a literacy tutor
  • Dedication to community service 
  • Computer skills, including the ability to navigate and use online database systems and e-mail
  • Speak, read, and write English fluently
  • Responsible, organized, flexible, motivated, professional
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to make a commitment to complete 11 months of service (August 10, 2014  – June 2015)
  • High school diploma or GED and must be at least 18-years-old
  • U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien
  • Preferred: College coursework, college degree, or equivalent work experience

How do I apply? Positions for the 2014-2015 school year begin in August. To read more about the program, including full position descriptions, and to apply, visit

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