K-3 Scholar Coach - Nellie Stone Johnson Community School

Location Name
Nellie Stone Johnson Community School/Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary
Site District
Minneapolis Public School District
Job ID

Position Summary

The Scholar Coach position is a part of the Total Learning Classroom program, an innovation of Minnesota Reading Corps. Scholar Coaches support students at Minnesota schools with high academic needs.

As a Scholar Coach, you’ll be embedded in a K-3 classroom and partner with a licensed teacher to help students become better readers and promote overall academic engagement. With great training and onsite coaching, we’ll prepare you to work one-on-one or in small groups to help kids in an immersive classroom setting to develop their reading skills and confidence! Students make the most progress when you are there, so Scholar Coaches serve during school hours, Monday-Friday and are needed for the whole school year.

We are currently recruiting on a rolling basis for the 2020-2021 school year. Scholar Coaches have the option of beginning in August 2020, November 2020 or January 2021, with the priority being an August start.

This is an AmeriCorps member position with the Total Learning Classroom, an innovative program based on the proven Minnesota Reading Corps model. As a Scholar Coach, you’ll join a select group of individuals dedicated to advancing education equity by helping students achieve their full potential and overcome systemic barriers to success in school.

What to Expect

   •Be a change maker by partnering with a classroom teacher to help all students reach their full potential.
   •Be the reason struggling students grow their confidence and skills by leading 1:1 and small group reading lessons.
   •Be ready to make an impact by participating in regular on-site coaching sessions to review student progress, plan, problem solve, and set goals.
   •Be prepared to hone your skills by participating in training and professional development throughout your term of service
   •Be the motivation and represent Reading Corps at school-sponsored activities (e.g., family night) to help build awareness of Reading Corps and early literacy.
   •Be an ambassador of the program by sharing your experience with the wider community.
   •Build lasting relationships with your peers and expand your professional network by working alongside experienced educators and school administrators.

Perks Package

Perks at 40 Hours a Week:

   •Stipend (paid every two weeks) - $840
   •Education Award - $4,336*
   •Federal Student Loan Forbearance & Interest Repayment
   •Individual Health Insurance (premium 100% paid)
   •Child Care Assistance (based on family size and income)

*The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be used to pay tuition or repay qualified student loans. Individuals 55+ may gift their award to their child, grandchild or foster child. Award amounts listed are for tutors beginning their service in September 2019. View benefits grid for other start dates here

What it Takes

Great Scholar Coaches come from all walks of life. The most important qualification is a desire to help children succeed. That said, you also need to meet the following minimum qualifications by the time you begin your service.

   •Are dependable and have a history of good attendance
   •Able to understand and follow instructions and incorporate feedback
   •Can set a pace and maintain a schedule with students
   •Have basic computer skills (like email and navigating online databases) 
   •Can speak, read, and write English fluently
   •18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent
   •A citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States*
   •Have served three or fewer terms with AmeriCorps State or National Program
   •Agree to and successfully complete a background check

*Applicants who have received deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to serve as AmeriCorps

Want to Learn More?

Watch this 2-minute video and get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Scholar Coach! Or click here to view the position description.

About our Organization


Minnesota Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that helps more than 30,000 Minnesota children, age 3 to grade 3, become successful readers each year. Started in 2004, the program has helped more than 200,000 children improve their skills and become better readers. Rigorous third party evaluation has consistently shown that students who have Reading Corps make greater gains. What’s more — students with traditional risk factors make even greater gains than their peers! Building on success in Minnesota, Reading Corps is replicated nationally in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

Minnesota Reading Corps is administered by Reading & Math, Inc., a national nonprofit based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reading & Math, Inc. also administers Florida Reading Corps, Wisconsin Reading Corps, Minnesota Math Corps, Georgia Math Corps, Minnesota Opportunity Corps and Minnesota Recovery Corps.

The Total Learning Classroom program strives to increase diversity in our education system by creating and supporting accessible pathways to careers in education. People of color and of other identities underrepresented in the teaching profession are encouraged to apply.

Reading & Math, Inc. will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant 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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