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Literacy Tutor

Colorado Youth for a Change
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The Elementary Literacy Tutor is placed at an elementary school to provide supplemental practice to children in kindergarten through third grade to develop their reading skills. The elementary literacy tutor will use scripted, evidence-based literacy interventions as guided by his or her coaches and will conduct weekly 1-minute assessments to ensure each student is on track to read at grade level. This is an AmeriCorps service member position with the AmeriCorps program, Coloroado Reading Corps.

Service Activities

Early Literacy Intervention and Assessment
• Conduct one-on-one tutoring sessions with students using scripted, evidence-based literacy interventions provided by Reading Corps; achieve a high degree of fidelity to the scripted interventions.
• Assist children in improving their reading skills and abilities to reach grade level expectations.
• Provide opportunities for family literacy involvement for Reading Corps students, including implementing the Reading Corps family engagement literacy intervention - Read at Home! (RAH!).
• Develop and maintain a weekly tutoring schedule for students which maximizes the number of students served (approximately 15-18) 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.
• Participate in coaching sessions (includes observation of tutor); act on constructive feedback from coaching sessions.

• Communicate and interact with students in an age and developmentally appropriate way.
• Build professional relationships and communicate regularly with classroom teachers, Internal Coach, and the Master Coach regarding student schedules, interventions, student progress, etc.
• Communicate effectively with Reading Corps staff and site personnel.

• Regular, timely attendance during school hours Monday-Friday, along with before/after school hours as scheduled.
• Commitment to service for the full service term, serving the total commitment of hours.
• Attend all required Reading Corps-sponsored training sessions, meetings, and coaching sessions, including peer professional development/cluster meetings, and member meet-ups; travel as necessary.

• Attend site-sponsored activities (e.g., family night) and participate in site-sponsored meetings or other activities.
• Attend service projects, as applicable, commemorating September 11, 2001, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Caesar Chavez Day. These may include evening and/or weekend hours.
• Collaborate with cluster group to complete group projects.
• Complete and maintain hours plan to ensure completion of service hours in collaboration with the Internal Coach and Program Staff
• Complete additional tasks as part of an action or professional development plan as assigned by the Internal Coach, Master Coach, or Program Staff

Community Need Addressed

Research suggests that a student reaching reading proficiency by the end of third
grade is a significant predictor of timely high school graduation rates. Currently, 26% of third graders in Colorado are reading below grade level (Serve Colorado, 2015) and 22.7% of Colorado's high school population is not graduating on time (Colorado Department of Education, 2015). Furthermore within the districts Colorado Reading Corps serves, up to 53.6% of third graders are reading below grade level and up to 41.7% of students are not graduating on time (Colorado Department of Education, 2015).

By focusing on improving children's reading proficiency from kindergarten through third grade, we
believe we can make lasting impacts on our community. A study conducted stated if 8,600 high school dropouts were to earn a diploma, Colorado would see $101 million in increased annual earnings, 850 new jobs, and $4.5 million in increased state tax revenue (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2013). We believe that our efforts will make significant progress to make these statistics reality.

Position Outcomes

Students in the reading corps program are tutored individually every school day for 20 minutes. The program assesses student's reading growth through a weekly 1 minute monitor. Through this, we are able to assess and make tweaks to the students intervention to help students find success in reading. Over 80% of the students in reading corps make above target growth in the program, getting them back on track for reading. Additionally, a relationship with a caring and consistent adult also helps the student to boost their confidence, their engagement in class, and their social skills.


Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

- Hands on opportunity to learn about the education system - Ongoing professional development opportunities - Networking opportunities - Leadership development and experience

Education Benefits

Youth Mental Health First Aid, Literacy Interventions, facilitation, civic reflection, after-school programming

Skills you will gain

time-management, tutoring, relationship building, event planning and coordination, public speaking, organization,

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Derive consensus, 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, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 10 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Elementary School
  • Weekly Training Hours 4

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