Those who join Michigan Education Corps are a member of an AmeriCorps service program, and are not entering into permanent employment. In exchange for service, interventionists will receive a competitive living stipend that is dispersed into bi-weekly payments for the term of service. When members have successfully completed service, they qualify for an Education Award of up to $4,144.00. An interventionist commits to serving up to 10 months as an AmeriCorps member with Michigan Education Corps, depending on which position is chosen.

Schools are located in cities and their surrounding communities across the state including Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Portland, Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Mount Pleasant, Fruitport, Muskegon Heights, and Greenville. Future expansion will include additional districts in Michigan.

Those eligible for Michigan Education Corps must be 18 years of age by the start of the program, must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and have a desire to serve children and help them succeed.

You can find MEC alumni serving in a number of capacities after gaining skills, experience and professionally networking throughout their service term. MEC alumni can be found working for the school/district they had served in, working as program staff for community programs or non-profit organizations, using their education award to take classes or earn a degree (Associates/Bachelors/Masters/Ph.D.) in higher education or creating their own unique life, college and career paths!

By completing a year of service with MEC, Preschool Reading Corps interventionists can earn almost all their hours towards their Child Development Associates credential. This credential allows futures employment opportunity as a classroom assistant in preschool classrooms in the state of Michigan. More information is available from Grace Kelley, MEC Program Coordinator; gkelley@hopenetwork.org.

Also, Davenport University offers tuition discount options in addition to the Education Award specifically for those who have served as MEC interventionists. Starting January 2019, enrolled juniors or seniors at Davenport may count their MEC service term for credit towards their degree program. More information can be obtained from Dr. Susan Gunn, Dean of the College of Urban Education; sgunn3@davenport.edu.

Many MEC members apply to return to service after their first year! In fact, several MEC members have served three or four terms of service. MEC recognizes the value of service experience, skills and relationships with students, families and school administration that members build over their service term. Lead Literacy Interventionist positions are exclusively offered to applicants who have successfully completed at least one previous service term with MEC. Lead Interventionists are provided additional financial and professional development benefits throughout their service term. MEC members are welcomed and encouraged to apply for additional service terms with MEC or another AmeriCorps program of their interest. If selected for an additional term of service, an individual can complete up to 4 service terms with AmeriCorps State/National programs.

All Interventionists attend 4-8 full days of training before starting service in addition to days during their term of service. Trainings include everything you need to know about being an AmeriCorps member, and how to deliver the intervention program with MEC. MEC covers all costs associated with training including registration, materials, and meals during training. Mileage and lodging are included when applicable. In addition, members receive on-going, frequent instructional coaching and support from MEC staff throughout the duration of the service term.

There are two types of on-going instructional support provided to MEC members throughout the duration of their service. First, an Internal Coach is a school staff person assigned to provide interventionist and program support at the school level for 6-9 hours per interventionist per month. Specifically, the Internal Coach will

– Provide on-site oversight and support to the interventionist
– Welcome and orient the interventionist to the school
– Set a schedule for the interventionist
– Ensure fidelity to Reading Corps model
– Observe each interventionist at least twice per month

A Master Coach is a content expert contracted with MEC to provide program support to multiple schools and ensure high fidelity to MEC intervention programs. A Master Coach will

– Provide on-site coaching support to Internal Coach and interventionists
– Ensure fidelity to Reading Corps or Math Corps models
– Support data-based decision making at the school
– Support alignment of Reading Corps or Math Corps within the site’s instructional and intervention contexts

Finally, MEC staff who provide direct support to Interventionists include the AmeriCorps Program Director and AmeriCorps Program Coordinators. These individuals are AmeriCorps content experts and very knowledgeable about the MEC program content. The MEC Program Director and AmeriCorps Program Coordinators will

– Conduct regular site visits with Interventionists
– Support Internal Coaches in interventionist performance issues
– Coordinate training for Interventionists and coaches
– Hold sites accountable to AmeriCorps expectations

During recruitment periods, there are opportunities to attend open houses at the school sites. In the meantime, these videos show what the PreK, K-3 Reading Corps and Math Corps programs look like in action:

PreK Reading Corps
K-3 Reading Corps
Math Corps

Direct service is provided daily at the school site. There are regional and state-wide opportunities throughout the service year to interact with MEC AmeriCorps members serving at other schools as well as AmeriCorps members serving in other AmeriCorps programs. For example, the annual Member Celebration brings hundreds of service members to Lansing from all over Michigan.

MEC K3 Reading Corps Interventionists are placed at an elementary school to provide reading interventions to children in kindergarten through third grade. Interventionists who start in August serve at their site every school day for at least 35 hours per week or about 8 hours per day. A lunch break is scheduled daily.* Interventionists use before and after school time for prep and data entry. Interventions are conducted through one-on-one sessions using scripted, evidence-based interventions to 15-20 kindergarten to third grade children per day. These interventions work on letter sounds, blending or segmenting, or reading sentences and paragraphs fluently, accurately, and with expression. Once a week, the interventionist will conduct a 1-minute assessment to ensure each student is on track to read at grade level. About once a week, Interventionists will implement the family engagement literacy intervention – Read at Home! (RAH!).
*The number of hours served per week is dependent upon the service term selected.

The PreK Literacy Interventionist is embedded in a classroom of children ages 3 – 5 to develop children’s early literacy skills in preparation for Kindergarten. Interventionists who start in August serve at least 32 hours per week or 7 hours every school day with a lunch break scheduled daily*. Interventionists typically use naptime for prep and data entry. Interventionists provide scripted activities from the time kids enter the building to the time they leave the building. For example, Interventionists sing songs, help kids learn to write their name, read a book with kids, and work on writing letters and numbers. Interventionists help collect literacy assessment data on students multiple times during the year. About once a week, Interventionists will implement the family engagement literacy intervention – Talk, Read & Write with Me!

*The number of hours served per week is dependent upon the service term selected.

MEC Math Corps Interventionists are placed at elementary or middle schools to provide math interventions to children in fourth through eighth grade. Interventionists who start in August serve for at least 32.5 hours per week or about 8 hours per day every school day with a lunch break scheduled daily.* Interventionists use before and after school time for prep and data entry. Interventions are conducted with pairs of students using scripted, evidence-based interventions in 30 minute sessions, three days per week. Depending on the need, pairs work on number sense, pre-algebra concepts, geometry, or math fact fluency with the goal of ensuring all kids are on track to be Algebra ready by ninth grade. Interventionists use white boards, manipulatives, and other materials to facilitate scripted lessons. Periodically, Interventionists conduct assessments to ensure each student is on track.

*The number of hours served per week is dependent upon the service term selected.

No, MEC members and literacy/math interventionists are the same. Michigan Education Corps is an AmeriCorps program, which means that if you serve with us, you are an AmeriCorps member. The AmeriCorps members who serve in our program are called literacy interventionists or math interventionists, depending on what role you serve in.

Children scoring “below target” on benchmark assessments administered by interventionists are eligible to receive services. These students need reading skill practice rather than intensive reading instruction. Students receiving special education or English Language services are eligible on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the Internal Coach in collaboration with school staff.