The Reading Corps K3 Scholar Coach position is part of the Minnesota Reading Corps Total Learning Classroom (“TLC”) program, an innovative pilot initiative to support early literacy outcomes for young scholars in K – 3rd grade who attend high-poverty schools. This position involves serving in a classroom (K, 1, 2, or 3rd grade) and collaborating directly with the teacher to integrate literacy interventions throughout the school day and after school in accordance with the Minnesota Reading Corps program model. Scholar coaches also support core instruction with evidence-based strategies designed to enhance overall student engagement in learning throughout the day. When feasible, the team of Scholar Coaches support each other’s classrooms to maximize intervention time provided to scholars. The Scholar Coach also participates in the school-wide engagement plan to increase overall student achievement. Scholar Coaches are trained in evidence-based intervention strategies, goal setting, and developmentally appropriate assessments to monitor student progress and improve engagement in learning. The Scholar Coach plays a critical role at the school and community level in closing the achievement gap that disproportionately affects students of color in Minnesota. This role is an AmeriCorps service member position with the AmeriCorps program, Minnesota Reading Corps.
- Provide targeted, early literacy support to children daily in a one-on-one and/or small group setting using scripted, evidence-based literacy interventions; achieve a high degree of fidelity to the scripted interventions.
- Assist children in improving their reading skills and abilities to reach grade level expectations.
- Work with classroom teacher to implement family literacy involvement activities (e.g., “Read At Home! (RAH)” program or Talk, Read, Write with me (TRW) program) with students in the classroom.
- Develop and maintain a weekly tutoring schedule for students which maximizes the number of students served and allows each child to receive daily 20-minute reading tutoring sessions.
- Identify students who qualify for Reading Corps tutoring services based on a Reading Corps designed assessment with direction from the Internal Coach and Master Coach
- Assess, with a high level of accuracy, students’ continual progress using tri-annual benchmark assessments and ongoing progress monitoring assessments.
- Provide complete, accurate, and timely documentation of students’ weekly progress scores and interventions using an online database; maintain confidentiality of all student data.
- Regularly review student data with Internal Coach and Master Coach to gauge the effectiveness of the literacy intervention being used and determine if a change in strategy is necessary.
- Meet with the primary classroom teacher on a regular basis to share student progress data.
- Collaborate with classroom teacher to support and ensure students are benefiting from core classroom instruction (e.g., reading and math) when targeted literacy interventions are not possible.
- Set and monitor goals with students to build positive student relationships and improve academic achievement. Collaborate with school and/or community partners as relevant per a given school site.
- Participate in on-site coaching sessions (includes observation of tutor) to review student progress, plan, problem-solve and set goals; act on constructive feedback from coaching sessions.
- Act on feedback and coaching from Internal Coach, Master Coach, and Program Manager.
Community Need Addressed
Addressing the literacy gap in Kindergarten - 3rd grade students.
To help all Minnesota students become successful readers by the end of third grade.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Skills you will gain
Working with children, knowledge of scripted evidence‐based literacy interventions, and progress monitoring
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Effectively delegate tasks
Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization