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Serve as an Emerging Educator with Reading Corps

Serve as an Emerging Educator with Reading Corps

We’re excited to launch a new initiative designed to help Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals interested in pursuing careers in education. The Emerging Educators program will help put individuals on a path to classroom careers through training, mentoring and in-school experience. 

“Approximately 34% of Minnesota students are kids of color, while only 5% of their teachers come from racially diverse backgrounds,” said Alison Zellmer, Director of Emerging Programs. “Studies show that having more racial diversity among teachers is incredibly beneficial for students of color. Those benefits include improved reading and math test scores, better graduation rates and increased interest in attending college, and are our driving force for doing this work.”

Emerging Educators will serve as Reading Corps tutors at Minneapolis and St. Paul area schools beginning in July 2021. While gaining experience and training with Reading Corps, tutors will receive mentoring and support to help them in the next steps to becoming an educator.

Term of Service: July 26 – June 16
Stipend: $835 every two weeks
Health Insurance: Individual coverage with no monthly premium
Education Award: $4,300 for tuition or student loans

Please help us spread the word by sharing this news in your networks! To be a part of Emerging Educators, candidates should apply by Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Have questions or want to learn more? Email us at [email protected]

Alyssa EgstadServe as an Emerging Educator with Reading Corps
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From Reading Tutor to a Career in Sustainability, Reading Corps alum continues to focus on the future.

From Reading Tutor to a Career in Sustainability, Reading Corps alum continues to focus on the future.

How does an environmental science graduate get established in a new community and build a bridge to their next professional opportunity? For Jackie Maahs, the answer was a service year with Reading Corps! “Reading Corps was just a really good fit for me,” she explains. “You’re serving in the schools and schools are really the heart of the community.” 

Phill HallFrom Reading Tutor to a Career in Sustainability, Reading Corps alum continues to focus on the future.
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Mom Begins a New Chapter as Son Starts School

Mom Begins a New Chapter as Son Starts School

Guest Blog by Amy Schiemer
Reading Tutor, Farmington, Minnesota

I was a stay-at-home mom to a special needs five-year-old boy. As we got ready for him to start kindergarten, I began to wonder what was next for me. With other adults taking care of him for 7 hours a day, what was I supposed to do? Should I stay home in case something happened at school, and he needs me? Should I get a full-time job that would have me working nights or weekends away from my family? No to all of it.

Phill HallMom Begins a New Chapter as Son Starts School
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Summer Service Sites Announced Across Minnesota

Summer Service Sites Announced Across Minnesota

Summer service sites have just been announced for our returning Emergency Response Initiative. Although the rollout of vaccinations has lessened the initial damage of COVID, many communities still need help recovering from the pandemic fallout. ERI members will provide much needed support at 224 locations in communities across Minnesota. 

Phill HallSummer Service Sites Announced Across Minnesota
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A Summer of Service with AmeriCorps’ Emergency Response Initiative Helps Community and Members

A Summer of Service with AmeriCorps’ Emergency Response Initiative Helps Community and Members

Katherine Ichinose, a Junior at St. Olaf, had been looking for a way to help her community during the onset of COVID-19. Her plans for the summer had been nullified due to the pandemic, and community support became her paramount objective. This is when she found AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative (ERI). ERI was launched last summer in an effort to provide needed support to nonprofits, community, and government organizations to keep their vital resources available to the community. For Katherine, ERI was the perfect opportunity to support her community. 

Phill HallA Summer of Service with AmeriCorps’ Emergency Response Initiative Helps Community and Members
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Serve this Summer with the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative

Serve this Summer with the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative

COVID-19 has had an incredible impact on our state. The pandemic has increased the need for supportive services, food, shelter and so much more. As our schools, nonprofits and communities continue to work together to meet urgent needs, AmeriCorps is here to help. 

NewsServe this Summer with the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative
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Thank You, Members: AmeriCorps Week 2021

Thank You, Members: AmeriCorps Week 2021

This AmeriCorps Week, we’re celebrating members who get things done for their communities! It’s been a challenging year and you’ve navigated a pandemic, three learning models and fluid community needs. Your commitment, flexibility and selflessness do not go unnoticed. Although we can’t be together to celebrate this week, our team wanted to share their thoughts as we celebrate you. 

Suzanne PagelThank You, Members: AmeriCorps Week 2021
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Math Corps Matters

Math Corps Matters

This story was published originally by ServeMinnesota.

When Daniel Winker’s test scores made it clear that the Burnsville fifth-grader was struggling with math last year, his mom, Talitha, didn’t waste a moment. “I was concerned that he’d fall farther behind and get further disconnected,” she said. “The pandemic meant that he’d miss the face-to-face assistance he was used to receiving.”

Suzanne PagelMath Corps Matters
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Growing Future Teachers

Growing Future Teachers

In collaboration with The University of Minnesota, Reading Corps is offering an exciting new pathway to becoming a teacher. “In Minnesota, only 1 in 20 teachers are BIPOC compared to 1 in 3 students.” said Alison Zellmer, Associate Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. “This, coupled with the growing teacher shortages across the state, inspired us to develop a partnership to help narrow the gap.” 

Phill HallGrowing Future Teachers
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Plan Now for Fall 2021

Plan Now for Fall 2021

We know September is a ways off, but it is never too early to start planning for the year ahead! The 2021-22 Reading Corps and Math Corps application is officially open and we are looking for great people to help Minnesota kids build their skills and confidence.

Suzanne PagelPlan Now for Fall 2021
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