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 preschool age children 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 (participating through AmeriCorps) are trained to assist preschool teachers in implementing a language, literacy, and math rich learning environment.
  • Members provide targeted reading skill practice, commonly called interventions, in the areas of rhyming, alliteration, letter sounds, letter names, and picture naming (vocabulary).
  • All members have the opportunity to provide additional literacy services in the community.
  • Members are trained in scripted evidence-based literacy interventions.
  • Implement Preschool Reading Corps every day that children attend preschool.
  • Provide additional interventions occur outside of the teacher-led, core reading or math instruction time during the school day.

Which students are eligible to receive services?

  • Children scoring “below target” on benchmark assessments administered by the tutors.
  • Students who need reading skill practice versus 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.

MEC Members Do:

  • Provide language and literacy rich supplemental instruction in preschool classrooms.
  • Provide supplemental reading interventions as needed to individual or small groups (2-3) children for up to 15 minutes at a time.
  • Collect benchmark data to determine which children may need language and literacy intervention.
  • Utilize student assessments provided by MEC/Reading Corps.
  • Receive on-going support from an Internal Coach
  • Use research-based interventions with provided age and content appropriate materials
  • Regularly monitor progress to inform instruction
  • Serve everyday at their school for the school year, 40 hours per week (full-time)
  • Come from a variety of backgrounds – recent graduates, stay-at-home parents, retirees, etc.
  • Implement language and literacy activities during transitions (e.g., hallways, going to and from the bus) and meals (if applicable).

MEC Members Do Not:

  • Supplant services provided by the school or site employees
  • Conduct other duties that are required for school staff, e.g., lunch duty or playground duty, or other non-literacy/Reading Corps tasks throughout the school day
  • 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
  • Make a guess about how a student is progressing and responding to an intervention
  • Make their own decisions aboutan intervention change or exiting a student (coaches do this)
  • Have flexibility in their schedule for when they want to show up at the school or leave for the day
  • Need to have a degree in education