Scholar Coach

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Wisconsin has some of the largest education disparities in the nation and you can make all the difference. Join an innovative team dedicated to advancing equity and helping all students succeed.  

As a Scholar Coach, you’ll serve at a local school and be embedded in a K-3 classroom. You’ll partner with the classroom teacher to promote scholastic engagement and help students become better readers. Every day, you’ll also meet with students one-on-one or in pairs to provide extra practice and build skills.  

With specialized training and on-site coaching, we’ll prepare you to help kids succeed. Students make the most progress when you are there, so Scholar Coaches serve Monday-Friday and are needed for the whole school year. We are currently recruiting Scholar Coaches for the 2023-24 school year, and have options to begin in August, October, or January.  

This is an AmeriCorps member position with the Total Learning Classroom Initiative of Reading Corps. The initiative focuses on supporting schools with high academic needs. Together, we’re on a mission because kids who read have the power to succeed! 

What to Expect

  • Use proven strategies to help students build their skills, confidence, and engagement.  
  • Collaborate with coaches to monitor student progress and see what’s working. 
  • Conduct skill assessments and enter student scores into data management software. 
  • Respond to feedback and commit to continuous improvement through coaching, training, and professional development. 
  • Represent Reading Corps at school-sponsored activities and share your experience with the wider community to help build awareness. 

Perks Package

Serve as a Scholar Coach 35 hours per week (when school is in session) and you’ll receive a perks package that includes: 

  • A stipend of $1,030 paid every 2 weeks
    • $21,630 total for 1200 hours of service starting in August 2023
  • Up to $4,826 for tuition or student loans*
    • $4,826 total for members beginning their service in August 2023 
  • Federal student loan forbearance and interest repayment 
  • Individual health insurance — Monthly premium 100% covered 
  • Child care assistance — Based on family size and income 

*The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be used to pay tuition or repay qualified student loans. Individuals 55+ at the start of their service term may gift their award to their child, grandchild, foster child, or stepchild. 

What it Takes

Reading Corps takes ordinary people and trains them to be great Scholar Coaches. Anyone can become a Scholar Coach as long as they have a passion to take action for kids – and meet the following minimum qualifications.  

By the time they begin their service, our tutors are: 

  • Dependable and have a history of good attendance 
  • Able to understand and follow instructions 
  • Open to making improvements based on feedback 
  • Capable of setting a pace and maintaining a schedule with students 
  • Competent with basic computer skills (like email and navigating online) 
  • Fluent in English for speaking, reading, and writing  
  • 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent 
  • A citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States* 
  • Able to successfully complete a background check 

*Applicants who have received deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to serve as AmeriCorps members at this time. 

Want to Learn More?

Watch this 3-minute video and get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Scholar Coach! Or click here to view the position description. 

About our Organization

Reading Corps is powered by AmeriCorps members who serve as tutors. Since the program launched in 2003, Reading Corps has helped more than 300,000 children improve their skills and become stronger readers. Rigorous third-party evaluation has consistently shown that students who have Reading Corps make greater gains. What’s more — kids with traditional risk factors make even more progress than their peers. Building on success in Minnesota, Reading Corps is replicated nationally in 12 states, the District of Columbia, and is still growing! 

Reading Corps is an Ampact educational program that is fueled by research from the National Science + Service Collaborative. As a national organization, Ampact demonstrates the power of national service to solve complex social problems by creating innovative programs that focus on the key areas of education, environmental stewardship, and healthy futures for communities. These programs include Reading Corps, Math Corps, Early Learning Corps, Climate Impact Corps, Heading Home Corps, Language Corps, Public Health Corps, Recovery Corps, and Resettlement Corps.  

Ampact will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, familial status, military service, or any other category protected by law. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request.  

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