• Preschool Literacy Tutor - Bilingual Community Corps - Sheridan Arts Magnet

    Location Name
    Sheridan Arts Magnet
    Bi-Weekly Living Allowance
    $227.00 - $895.00
    Housing Allowance
    Education Award
    $1,566.00 - $4,114.00
    Site District
    Minneapolis Public School District
    Job ID
  • Overview

    Position Summary

    The bilingual Preschool Literacy Tutor is embedded in an English/Spanish dual language or immersion classroom of children ages 4 – 5 to develop children’s early literacy skills in preparation for Kindergarten, serving alongside a teacher. Tutors are trained in research-based early literacy strategies and collaborate with the classroom teaching staff to enhance daily literacy opportunities and conduct literacy assessments to increase the number of children on target with early reading predictors. Tutors are placed in in one of two classrooms.  The first classroom type is in which the goal is to fortify the native language in order to ease the transition to English by third grade.  The second classroom option is an immersion classroom in which the goal is to develop bi-literate learners.  This is an AmeriCorps service member position with the AmeriCorps program, Minnesota Reading Corps. 


    Essential Functions

    Early Literacy Instruction and Assessment

    • Provide intentional, meaningful and fun literacy instruction in English and Spanish during all parts of the day to improve the early literacy skills of children ages 4 and 5, specifically focusing on early literacy skills that give children the opportunity to talk, read, write, and play every day.  Language of instruction will be dependent on the type of classroom (Developmental One-Way Dual Language or Immersion).  

    • Enhance the classroom literacy environment, as described in the Early Literacy and Language Classroom Observation (ELLCO), to support the classroom in achieving a “Basic” or better score on the ELLCO by spring.

    • Implement elements of the Literacy and Math Rich Schedule, including greeting children at arrival, helping children write their name at sign-in, having “Strive for 5” mealtime conversations, writing a daily message, conducting a Repeated Read Aloud, journaling, enhancing literacy during choice time, leading one-on-one and/or small group targeted interventions daily for at-risk children, and leading literacy-rich transitions.

    • Provide targeted early literacy support to a minimum of 5-7 children daily in a one-on-one and/or small group setting using scripted early literacy interventions; achieve a high degree of fidelity to the scripted interventions.

    • Assess, with high level of accuracy in both English and Spanish, 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 Reading Corps tutoring services based on assessment data with direction from the 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.

    • Participate in on-site coaching sessions (includes observation of tutor) two times per month to review student progress, plan, problem-solve, and set goals; act on constructive feedback from coaching sessions.

    • Provide opportunities for family literacy involvement for Reading Corps children, including implementing the Reading Corps family literacy intervention - Talk, Read, and Write with Me!


    • Communicate and interact with students in an age and developmentally appropriate way.

    • Act on constructive feedback provided by Internal and Master Coach and Program Staff.  

    • Build professional relationships and communicate regularly with classroom teachers, Internal Coach, and the Master Coach regarding schedules, literacy strategies, student progress, etc.

    • Communicate effectively with Reading Corps staff and site personnel.


    • Demonstrate regular, timely attendance and adherence to hours as scheduled Monday-Friday. 

    • Commitment to the entire term(s) of service, serving the total commitment of hours within the term(s). 

    • Attend all required Reading Corps sponsored training sessions, meetings, and coaching sessions, including Member Meet Ups (when applicable); travel as necessary.

    Secondary Functions

    • Support the preschool classroom as assigned by Internal Coach, Master Coach, or Program Manager, excluding activities that would displace a staff member.

    • Represent Reading Corps at site-sponsored activities, meetings, and other activities (e.g., family night) and provide education about the Reading Corps and general literacy awareness.

    • Actively participate in service projects and commemorating days such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (as applicable). These may include evening and/or weekend hours.

    • Be an ambassador of our program by submitting Great Stories and participating in outreach activities.



    Minimum Qualifications

    • Must be 18 years of age or older by your start date.

    • Must have at least a high school diploma or recognized equivalent by your start date.

    • Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

    • Must pass mandatory pre-service background check.

    • Must not have served 4 or more prior terms of service with AmeriCorps State or National. 

    • Speak, read, and write both English and Spanish fluently.  Must pass an oral Spanish language proficiency assessment.  

    • Interest in education, specifically helping young children develop early language and literacy skills.

    • Dedication to community service.

    • Basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate online systems and email.

    • Energetic, results-oriented, student-focused style.

    • Strong planning and time-management skills.

    • Strong capacity to be flexible and adaptable to varied circumstances, paired with a conscientious commitment to adhere to the Reading Corps tutoring model with fidelity.

    • Consistent follow-through.

    • Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from coaches and program staff.

    • Ability to work with diverse personalities.

    • Ability to adapt to a sometimes challenging and high-pressure environment.

    • Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity.

    • Preferred: College degree or equivalent work experience.




    Reading Corps will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant based on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by law.

    Reasonable accommodations provided upon request. This document is available in alternative formats.


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