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Scholar Coach

Scholar Coach

Job ID 
Location Name 
St. Paul City School (K3)
US-MN-St. Paul
K-3 Scholar Coach
Bi-Weekly Living Allowance 
Yearly Education Award 
Reading Corps
Site District 
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Expected End Date 

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Positions begin August 2017 and run through June 2018 


Positions require availability, every day, Monday- Friday, during regular school hours including some after school and/or evening commitments


The Scholar Coach position is part of the Reading Corps Promise Model, an innovative initiative to support early literacy outcomes for students from Kindergarten – 3rd Grade in the Minneapolis Promise Zone and the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood settings. A Scholar Coach is an AmeriCorps member who is embedded in an K-3rd grade classroom and collaborates directly with the classroom teacher and Reading Corps staff to integrate literacy interventions throughout the school day and after school in accordance with the Minnesota Reading Corps program model. Schools that participate in the Promise Model, host up to one Scholar Coach per classroom from K-3rd grade. The team of Scholar Coaches at a school participate in the school-wide engagement plan to increase overall student achievement. Scholar Coaches are trained in evidence-based intervention strategies, student-led goal setting, and developmentally appropriate assessments to monitor student progress and improve engagement in learning. The Scholar Coach plays a critical role at the school and community level in closing the achievement gap that disproportionately affects students of color in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


  • Provide intentional, meaningful and fun literacy instruction during scheduled parts of the day to improve the early literacy skills of children in K-3rd grade classrooms.
  • Implement elements of Literacy and Math Rich Support, in collaboration with the classroom teacher, during class time as well as transition times throughout the day
  • Provide targeted early literacy support to children in one-on-one and small group settings using scripted early literacy interventions; achieve a high degree of fidelity to the scripted interventions
  • Assess with high level of accuracy child outcomes and progress using tri-annual benchmark assessments and ongoing progress monitoring assessments
  • Identify students who qualify for targeted one-on-one and/or small group Minnesota Reading Corps tutoring services based on assessment data and direction from the teacher, Internal Coach, and Master Coach
  • Record student and program data completely and accurately in an online database on a weekly basis; maintain confidentiality of all student data
  • Support and enhance core classroom instruction (reading, math, social studies, and science) with lead teacher during the school day when literacy interventions are not possible
  • Support student-led goal setting to engage the whole student and enable students to better access academic instruction and intervention time
  • Participate in on-site coaching sessions (including monthly observation of the tutor) to review student progress, plan, problem-solve and set goals; act on constructive feedback and coaching
  • Work with classroom teacher to implement family reading engagement activities
  • Develop a relationship of respect and trust with the classroom teacher, particularly through understanding the unique role of and challenges faced by a licensed classroom teacher
  • Daily schedule mirrors that of the classroom teacher, typically 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM  with some additional after school programming support until 5:00 p.m depending on the school schedule.


  • Strong interest in education, specifically in helping elementary students develop their literacy skills
  • Dedication to community service and ability to commit to 11 months of service
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and staff
  • Basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate online systems and email
  • Attention to detail
  • Organized, responsible, flexible, motivated, and professional
  • Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from coaches and program staff
  • Excellent time management and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and adapt to the school environment
  • Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity
  • Ability to adapt often and persevere in a challenging, high-pressure school environment
  • Belief in the potential of all students to succeed and commitment to addressing the effects of the achievement and opportunity gaps experienced by students of color

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with children in educational settings
  • Some post-high school education or relevant work experience


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Ability to speak, read, and write English fluently
  • Age 18 or older by the program start date
  • Possess a high school diploma or a GED by the program start date
  • Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States


For more questions or more information about the Scholar Coach position, contact Andrew Mueller, or 612-206-3041.


Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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