|Reading Corps, Minnesota|
Pam Kirsch, principal
Jefferson Elementary, New Ulm
Minnesota Reading Corps:
Literacy tutors provide extra support
Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) is an AmeriCorps program and
is the domestic version of the Peace Corps. MRC provides full and part-time
literacy tutors to schools that provide extra support for students, age 3 to
grade 3, who are falling behind in reading.
A school may apply to partner with MRC. Once accepted as a
MRC service site, the school must commit to literacy as it relates to the MRC
Key components of the
school must have a plan in place to identify students who do not receive
special education or Title I services, but are in need of supplemental Tier II
school must implement the specific MRC approved literacy interventions.
students must be provided 15-20 minutes of daily intervention time.
MRC tutors must do benchmarking or data collection three times a year and do
weekly progress monitoring for participating students. AIMSweb is the online
data management system used by MRC members.
school must allow for the coordination of tutoring interventions.
school must ensure that the MRC tutors serve a full caseload of 15-20 students.
promotes family involvement and communication with parents.
school must provide an Internal Coach who is trained by MRC. The Internal Coach
helps with scheduling intervention times and does integrity and fidelity checks
on the interventions.
MRC Master coach visits the site regularly to assist the Internal Coach.
Jefferson Elementary has qualified for two full-time MRC
members the last two years. This
has allowed us to provide one-to-one reading interventions to students who in
the past wouldn’t have gotten these interventions. This program helps those
students who are not making adequate progress, but don’t qualify for Title I
Our Tier II reading intervention programs are very fluid and
students move between Title I and MRC programs. Student programming decisions
are based on the data that we collect on them and their individual needs.
The MRC members may be recent graduates, retirees, or
parents. They may join MRC by:
- Committing to 11 months of service beginning in
- Receiving training in instruction methods that
are proven to help children improve their reading. The trainings are mandatory and on specific dates throughout
the school year. The MRC members
are trained to provide specific research-based reading interventions: letter/sound correspondence, newscaster
reading; phoneme segmenting, duet reading; phoneme segmenting, pencil tap;
blending words, stop/go; repeated reading with comprehension strategies, great
- MRC members earn a stipend and up to $5,350 to
pay for school or student loans.
For more information visit MinnesotaReadingCorps.org.
Contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org(Published in the MESPA Advocate, May 2011)