A Proven Approach

Why it Works

Minnesota Reading Corps trains tutors using the science of how children learn to read — and then puts them to work on boosting literacy skills. It’s a nearly impossible for teachers to deliver individualized instruction to every student. But because that’s all Reading Corps tutors do, they can personalize their approach and focus on what each student needs.

Evidence-based Literacy Interventions

Our tutors work one-on-one and in small groups with readers from age 3 through grade 3, using evidence-based literacy interventions created by experts. The result: Struggling readers make incredible gains that are evident on assessments. (Another wonderful result: many of our talented tutors go on to become teachers themselves!)

Data-Driven Decisions

Data is at the core of the Reading Corps model. Tutors use research-based assessments to monitor their students’ progress and work with coaches to make sure they’re providing the right instruction to each child.

The Secret Sauce: Training and Support from Literacy Experts

Tutors begin their AmeriCorps service with rigorous training from literacy experts, who give them the knowledge and tools they need to be effective and confident. We make sure Reading Corps tutors are successful by providing expert guidance so they’re never on their own.


Tutors work with students every day. They also receive training and coaching all year long so they can work effectively with struggling learners.

Internal Coaches

An onsite coach — usually a literacy specialist or teacher at the school — provides daily support to tutors and conducts regular checks to make sure the tutoring is on track.

Master Coaches

A literacy expert provided by Reading Corps visits each site several times throughout the year to help tutors and internal coaches use student data to make decisions about the right interventions.

Reading Corps Works

  • Minnesota Reading Corps has been a key partner in our efforts to ensure all students are reading well by third grade. Data from the NORC study confirms that their strong early learning supports and interventions get great results for kids, and set them on a path for continued academic success.               

    Dr. Brenda Cassellius, commissioner — Minnesota Department of Education
  • Quality, research-based and produces results — Minnesota Reading Corps is helping our children thrive in this rapidly changing world.  

    Les Fujitake, superintendent — Bloomington Public Schools
  • My time with Minnesota Reading Corps has equipped me with the tools, skills, strategies and insight to make leaps and bounds in my quality as an educator and supportive adult. I don't think I've ever felt so consistently fulfilled.

    Victoria Dan, PreK tutor — Minneapolis
  • I am realizing that I am a part of something extremely spectacular. All the smiles I see every day make me realize the importance of my work.  

    Ramla Farah, PreK tutor — Minneapois
  • Minnesota Reading Corps allows me to serve my community, while receiving the necessary experience to start my career.  

    Ayan Omar, K–3 tutor — St. Cloud

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