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 $4,266.50. An interventionist commits to serving up to 10 months as an AmeriCorps member with Michigan Education Corps, depending on which position is chosen.

Interventionists who serve in a full time capacity serve between 32 to 40 hours per week, and interventionists who are in a part-time role serve between 20-28 hours per week. The exact weekly commitment depends on a variety of factors including when the interventionist begins their service term and the total number of hours required for the service term.

MEC serves over 80 schools across the state. Schools that currently partner with MEC are located in Alcona, Allegan, Alpena, Belding, Boyne City, Cedar Springs, Corruna, Decatur, Detroit, Fruitport, Flint, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Kent City, Kentwood, Lansing, Lowell, Mount Pleasant, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Portland, St. Louis, Vicksburg, and Zeeland. 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, National or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien, pass mandatory pre-service background checks, and have a desire to serve children and help them succeed.

You can find MEC alumni serving in a number of capacities after gaining resume-building skills, professional experience and 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, education and career paths!

Yes. There are several higher education opportunities. Launching in the 2019-2020 program year, Davenport University undergraduate students have the option to serve with MEC to fulfill the experiential learning requirement for UEDU 191 and UEDU 192. Further, MEC interventionists are invited to apply to Davenport University to complete the Graduate Certificate of Urban Education and the Master of Urban Education programs. More information can be obtained from Dr. Susan Gunn, Dean of the College of Urban Education; sgunn3@davenport.edu.

PreK Reading Corps interventionists can earn almost all their hours towards their Child Development Associates credential while serving with MEC. This credential allows future employment opportunities as an assistant teacher in federal and state funded preschool programs and as a lead teacher in private preschool classrooms. More information is available from Grace Kelley, MEC Program Coordinator; gkelley@hopenetwork.org.

Yes. 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 the 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. An individual can complete up to 4 service terms with AmeriCorps State/National programs and must reapply each term.

All Interventionists attend 4-10 full days of training before starting service. Additional training days are scheduled throughout the service term. These will provide you with 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 and K-3 Reading Corps and MEC Math Corps programs look like in action:

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 K-3 Reading Corps Interventionists are placed at an elementary school and provide scripted, evidence-based literacy interventions to children in kindergarten through third grade. 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. Interventionists use before and after school time for prep and data entry. About once a week, Interventionists will implement the family engagement literacy intervention – Read at Home! (RAH!).

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 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. Interventionists typically use naptime for prep and data entry. 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 Reading Corps/MEC Math Corps 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.