K-3 PROGRAM AT A GLANCE / FOR MEMBERS
Michigan Education Corps’ goal is to help every Michigan child become proficient by the end of third grade—a goal that we can only reach with your help. As a Michigan Education Corps tutor, you’ll work with children from age three to grade three to provide proven research-based instruction and practice and ultimately, help struggling students reach their potential.
Here’s some additional information about the program, and what the role looks like:
What do Michigan Education Corps members do?
- MEC members are AmeriCorps members committed to serving 1,700 hours in the area of education.
- MEC members are trained to provide daily 1-on-1, with Kindergarten through 3rd grade students at their service site.
- All members have the opportunity to provide additional K-3 literacy services in the community.
- Members provide targeted reading skill practice, commonly called interventions, in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and comprehension.
- Members are trained in scripted evidence-based literacy interventions.
- Provide tutoring sessions outside of the student’s teacher-led, core reading or math instruction time during the school day.
Which students are eligible to receive services?
- Kindergarten through 3rd grade students scoring “below target” on benchmark assessments administered by the tutors.
- Students who need reading skill practice versus intensive reading instruction in longer daily sessions.
- 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.
MEC Members Do:
- Provide supplemental reading interventions.
- Provide daily 1-1 tutoring sessions to a full caseload of students during the school day (15-18 for full-time tutors)
- Collect benchmark data to determine which students are eligible for Education Corps tutoring
- Utilize student assessments provided by MEC
- Receive on-going support from Internal Coach
- Work with students who are below proficiency in reading who could benefit from extra practice
- Use research-based interventions
- Use grade-level reading passages during tutoring sessions
- Regularly monitor progress to inform instruction
- Serve everyday at their school for the year, 40 hours per week (full-time)
- Come from a variety of backgrounds – recent graduates, stay-at-home parents, retirees, etc.
MEC Members Do Not:
- Supplant services provided by the school or site employees
- Help on the playground, provide lunch duty supervision, help with reading groups or other tasks throughout the school day
- Rely on teacher recommendation to determine which students are eligible for tutoring
- Use student assessments provided by the school
- Work with very low performing students who need the help of a trained, licensed teacher
- Use other school-based interventions or create their own lesson plans
- Make their own decisions about what intervention is best for a student
- Use books during tutoring sessions
- Make a guess about how a student is progressing and responding to an intervention
- Make their own decisions about an intervention change or exiting a student (coaches do this)
- Have flexibility in their schedule for when they want to show up at the school
- Need to have a degree in education