Reading Assist Fellows serve in Wilmington-area elementary schools, providing one-on-one reading instruction to students in kindergarten through third grade who face significant reading challenges. Fellows teach foundational reading skills to students who might never learn to read through traditional classroom education.
Fellows are trained to be certified dyslexia practitioners, and teach struggling readers in grades K-3. Fellows work with up to 8 students (4 students for part-time fellows) for 45 minutes each day, and meet with an experienced coach every week for support and feedback.
Fellows start with five weeks of graduate-level training and then are embedded into low-income elementary schools in Delaware. Fellows transform the lives of students who may have dyslexia or other reading disorders.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
$1000/month living allowance for part-time fellows (900 service hours), $1500/month for full-time (1200 service hours).
In addition, at the end of a successful year, Reading Assist Fellows "graduate" as Certified Reading Assist Interventionists in our IMSLEC-accredited Reading Assist Intervention Program.
Wilmington, Delaware is a medium-sized city that enjoys a relatively low cost of living on the east coast. Wherever you choose to live in Delaware, you will have easy access to beaches, music and fine arts, and trails for biking and hiking. Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., are all within a two-hour drive by car, and less by train.
Credential or Certification
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
We strongly recommend fellows pursuing college credits during their service year take a maximum of 1-2 courses per semester.
Reading Assist Fellows should exhibit the following competencies:
-Be able to blend, segment, and manipulate sounds within words
-Show an interest in literacy, education, and community service
-Demonstrate resilience, adaptability, and professionalism
-Maintain a patient and flexible mindset
-Be open to constructive feedback
-Complete an AmeriCorps application
-Submit to background checks and fingerprinting
-Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
Have completed a college degree (preferred)
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check