Students who are strong readers by the end of third grade are positioned to be strong learners the rest of their lives. But in the United States, more than half our students reach fourth grade without learning to read proficiently. Together, we can change this! The amazing thing about our program - we train ordinary people to make an incredible impact as tutors.

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Designed for Results

 In order to help as many students as possible, Reading Corps is designed to support America’s schools. In 2017, Reading Corps was recognized by the Library of Congress for best practices in literacy promotion. As an honoree, Reading Corps is just one of four organizations worldwide to be recognized in reading instruction and tutoring!


Reading Corps has proven to be effective in any setting. We’ve scaled nationally to benefit schools in urban, suburban, and rural community –  all with successful outcomes!


Students who received Reading Corps tutoring demonstrated growth in phonics, reading fluency, and oral reading fluency scores that were equivalent to an extra 50%-90% of a year of schooling.


 Our programs provide a good value for schools by providing hundred of hours of support for the students and staff. Some locations pay a site fee. 



After a single semester, the average kindergarten student in Reading Corps performs twice as well as their peers.


Elementary students who receive Reading Corps services are nearly three times less likely to be referred for special education services.

Pilots and Innovations

Total Learning Classroom Initiative

Our team works to research, pilot, evaluate, and scale new ways to help kids go further. Out of that research and evaluation comes new initiatives to explore potential solutions for emerging needs. Like our Total Learning Classroom Initiative.

Minnesota has some of the largest education disparities in the nation. TLC, an initiative of Reading Corps, is working to change this. As part of TLC, AmeriCorps members called “Scholar Coaches” serve at schools with high academic needs. Embedded in K-3 classrooms, they provide additional capacity and partner with a licensed teacher to help students become better readers, engage families in learning, and promote systems change.

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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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 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 May 15, 2024. You can begin the process by applying here online. 


  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • (Preferred, but not required) 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.) 



Locations: Fresno, Imperial, Kings, Merced, Riverside, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Stanislaus, Stockton and Tulare Counties; Calexico, Livingston, Modesto, Moreno Valley, Santa Barbara

Ages Served: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Weekly Commitment: 20, 27.5 or 35 hours

Positions: Reading Tutor


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Locations: Bibb, Clay, Calhoun, DeKalb, Douglas, Dougherty, Fulton, Muscogee, Richmond and Treutlen Counties; Cuthbert, Dublin, Fort Gaines, Soperton

Ages Served: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Weekly Commitment: 25 or 35 hours

Positions: Reading Tutor


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Locations: Camas, Jerome and Twin Falls Counties

Ages Served: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Weekly Commitment: 35, 25 or 18 hours

Positions: Reading Tutor


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Locations: Statewide

Ages Served: Kindergarten- 3rd Grade

Weekly Commitment: 10, 18, 25 or 35

Positions: Reading Tutor, Scholar Coach


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Locations: Belzoni, Fayette, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Vicksburg, Yazoo City

Ages Served: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Weekly Commitment: 18, 25 or 35 hours

Positions: Reading Tutor


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Locations: Statewide

Ages Served: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Weekly Commitment: 25 or 35 hours

Positions: Reading Tutor, Scholar Coach


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Additional Locations

Our education programs are making a difference in 14 states plus the District of Columbia. No matter the location, our AmeriCorps members use the same model, data-driven insights, and tools to help students achieve incredible growth. We provide technical support to partner organizations that have licensed our programs in the following states: 


“Tutoring to me has been the absolute best. I have gained so much experience and confidence in myself that will help me in my future endeavors.”

“I learned English through one-on-one tutoring – I know it helped me. Individual tutoring sessions are often better for learners.”

“To see the excitement on a child’s face when they’ve been told they did a great job is my favorite part of serving.”

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