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