Our difference: we’re always adapting for the best results.

Through ongoing research and evaluation, we can identify an emerging need in schools. Leveraging a history of success with our programs, we create new initiatives that provide specific solutions and support it with the people power of AmeriCorps. Like our larger programs, our initiatives help students become successful learners and create maximum impact in our communities.

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Introducing Our Initiatives

Our team works with educational programs to research, launch, evaluate and scale new ways to help kids go further. Take a look around and you’ll find we’re one of the few organizations who constantly innovate to ensure we’re addressing current educational challenges that are impacting kids today!



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Emerging Educators

The Education Fellowship aims to provide an inclusive and affordable pathway to teaching through AmeriCorps service for members who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Members in this innovative initiative earn their associate’s degree in early childhood or elementary education at Minneapolis College while serving in the Early Learning (PreK) or Elementary (K3) Education Fellowship program. This program’s recruitment is focused in the 7-county Twin Cities Metro. In the Education Fellowship program, members will gain experience in their schools while earning an AS degree in Education at no cost!

Along with a degree, members will receive tailored career guidance from Career Navigators, plus a stipend and additional money for tuition or student loans (can be saved for furthering education after earning an AS degree in this program). 

If you are interested in this program or know someone who may be, please complete this short form.

K-3 Math

Did you know that researchers can predict a student’s high school trajectory based on math skills measured over 10 years prior? This is why it is so important to build strong math skills as early as possible. After hearing the need for earlier investment in math education, we have designed a program supporting students in kindergarten through third grade.

The goal of our new K-3 Math program is that students will receive evidence-based math support and stay on trajectory to pursue STEM programming and careers. By leveraging the people power of AmeriCorps, this newly launched program is characterized by the following key elements: (1) meaningful and appropriately challenging math support, (2) data-driven metrics to drive programming, (3) a proven coaching and training model for AmeriCorps members, and (4) a commitment to ongoing research and analytics for program improvement.

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MNGOT + Reading Corps

In collaboration with The University of Minnesota, Reading Corps is offering an exciting new pathway to becoming a teacher. The Minnesota Grow Your Own Teacher (MNGOT) is focused on preparing new educators, increasing diversity, and helping to address a growing teacher shortage in rural Minnesota.

Rooted in service, the program is designed to build on Reading Corps experience and be completed while serving as a tutor. The five-semester program is 36 credits and prepares participants for K-6 licensure. Coursework is completed through a hybrid model that includes weekly online classes and in-person learning twice a semester. Generous scholarships are available through the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities College of Education and Human Development to cover the costs of tuition.

The application deadline for fall is April 1, 2022. You can begin the process by completing a short form online.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Have completed 1-2 terms of service as a Reading Corps tutor or equivalent experience in a school setting (paraprofessional, education assistant, teaching assistant, substitute teacher, after school employee.)
  • Are located or willing to relocate/commute to a site in Greater Minnesota

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Total Learning Classroom

Total Learning Classroom provides direct literacy intervention for struggling students from AmeriCorps members called Scholar Coaches, in-classroom capacity support for teachers, and systems-level consultation and capacity building with school leaders. Together, these supports produce meaningful, whole-school change evidenced by gains in students’ literacy achievement, feelings of competency and satisfaction among teachers, and improvements to school-level infrastructure.

Partner with a licensed teacher and help students thrive! As a Scholar Coach, members are paired with a licensed teacher to help students improve their reading skills and drive a love of learning. Serving as a Scholar Coach is great preparation for graduate programs and careers in education and public service. Members receive excellent training and are part of a team of Scholar Coaches at their school.

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