Reading Corps In The News
Public schools have long relied on volunteers to manage bake sales and to chaperone field trips. But what if schools could harness and organize volunteers to do something bigger and more difficult? They can, according to new research that suggests that volunteers could be instrumental in helping millions of American children to read proficiently.
Minnesota Reading Corps tutor Danielle Doublette enjoys being part of the first school experience for preschoolers at Elizabeth Hall International Elementary School in Minneapolis, and especially loves watching the little ones bloom.
Princeton Public Schools continue in their use of a remedial reading program called Reading Corps and now this school year have added Math Corps. Both programs are run through a program under AmeriCorps, which pays a stipend to persons to do community service work.
As summer winds down and students make last minute trips to Walmart for supplies, reality is starting to set in for most 2013 college graduates: After 15-plus years of schooling, they won’t be cracking textbooks open this fall.
After the fun and games of the Minnesota State Fair and other summer activities, it's back to reality. School is about to start, and the preparations are well under way -- starting with the training of 1,000 tutors this week at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
"I get to be part of the miracle of reading," said Kris Potter, a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis. It's a role she's used to, having retired from the profession of teaching. Not willing to step back entirely, Potter found a role at the school, working with children in the primary grades to bring them up to reading level by the end of the third grade.
This past year, Bamber Valley Elementary School third-grader Regan Roche saw her reading ability improve thanks to a personalized approach to her needs: She read to a literacy tutor every day.
After graduating college last spring, Rachael Pugleasa, still a bit unsure of her future career path, decided to spend a year volunteering. She was accepted into the Minnesota Reading Corps program and assigned to her childhood elementary school, Horace May, where she works one-on-one with up to 20 students a day.
When Carl Keeney, of Maple Grove, begins tutoring first-graders at Elm Creek Elementary in the Osseo School District, they don't quite have the reading skills expected for their grade level. They're called "bubble" students – they aren't far behind, but they’re not proficient.
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Sara Jochems didn't know exactly what she wanted to do after she received her master's in English and Literary Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth, but she knew she most likely wanted to teach.