Benefits & Commitments
What We’ll Ask of You
- Commit to 11 months of service
- Serve 1700 hours
- Serve full-time in a school setting (40-45 hrs/wk)
- Participate in required trainings
- Engage in your community
How You’ll Grow
- Training, coaching, and experience in effective, research-based literacy strategies
- Gain on-the-ground experience working in high-need communities
- Professional skill-building & networking
- Meet and work with people with a similar drive to close the achievement gap
- Modest living allowance
- Education Award
- Student loan forbearance
- Health insurance
- Childcare assistance
Year at a glance.
For more details on how you’ll invest in your community and yourself, please review the detailed “Year at a Glance” document for each region:
Selection process outline
1. Online application
First, prospective tutors fill out an online application including work and education history. Candidates answer three short essay questions and provide contact information for two professional references.
After an application is submitted, candidates’ references will receive an email requesting that they complete a brief online reference form.
3. Phone Screening
Within 5-7 business days following application and reference submission, qualified applicants can expect to receive a follow-up phone call. This 10-15 minute phone conversation allows us to confirm eligibility and answer basic questions.
4. Final Interview*
Applicants who are selected for a final interview are asked to prepare a brief performance task. This includes written responses to three communication scenarios. At the final interview, applicants submit a hard copy of their performance task. After interviewing, applicants complete a mock fluency assessment.
*Note: We are able to accommodate final interviews both in-person and via Skype.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of this position?
Tutors who commit to an 11-month tutoring position receive a living stipend (paid twice a month), health insurance, an education award, commuter benefits, and SNAP/EBT benefits (if eligible).
How do I apply?
Apply online via The Literacy Lab's website. The application process takes approximately 2 hours to complete and requires 2 professional references.
Who is eligible for tutoring positions with The Literacy Lab?
Tutors must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or a GED, be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, and (if applicable) cannot have served more than three terms of service previously with AmeriCorps.
When is the deadline to apply?
Tutor positions are filled on a rolling basis, so we encourage early application especially to request specific geographic placement
How competitive is the application process?
On average, we accept about 30% of applicants to participate in our programs.
Will I receive training for my position?
Tutors participate in a week-long Training Institute in early August to learn about the foundations of early literacy, assessment and intervention techniques, and the basics of service with The Literacy Lab. Throughout the year, tutors participate in trainings on behavior management, data collection and evaluation, stress and time management and other professional skills.
What is the typical daily tutoring schedule?
All tutors serve at least 8 hours a day in their assigned school for the entire school year. Tutors in K3 settings provide 20-minute intervention sessions to 15-18 students (5 – 6 hours) each day. The rest of the day is spent in preparation, data entry and analysis, and general school support.
Tutors in PreK settings serve all day in one assigned classroom and support all classroom activities. Typically, tutors use nap time for prep and data entry.
Will I receive coaching and support?
Tutors benefit from a 3-tiered support model. First, each school designates a staff member to serve as “internal coach” for tutors to ensure tutors’ integration into the school community and to oversee student selection and progress. Second, each school team receives support from a Literacy Lab “master coach” who serves as a content area expert and helps ensure fidelity to the program model. Finally, each tutor benefits from the support of the Literacy Lab program staff who manage the administrative aspects of the program.
Where are partner schools located?
The Literacy Lab partners with schools in the District of Columbia; Baltimore, Maryland, Kansas City, Missouri; and Alexandria, Virginia. We will be launching partnerships in the Greater Richmond, VA area for the 2016-17 school year.
How will my placement school be determined?
When placing tutors to serve full-time in a partner school, program staff consider tutor placement requests, transportation requirements, and school needs. Tutors should provide detailed placement information when applying.
Will I receive assistance with housing?
While we do not provide direct support in housing, we have collected housing resources which can be accessed here: http://metrodcreadingcorps.weebly.com/
Do I need a car?
While most schools are accessible via public transportation, some partner schools require a car. If you plan to travel by car, please share this information with program staff.
How often will I receive my living stipend?
Literacy Lab tutors receive a living stipend, paid twice a month during their term of service.
What does the living stipend pay for?
The living stipend is paid via direct deposit and is unrestricted. Tutors may use it to pay for housing, transportation, utilities, clothing, food, entertainment, etc.
Can I see the program or talk to a current tutor?
Yes! Please contact the recruitment team to be connected with a current tutor after completing an online application. In the meantime, these two videos show what the PreK and K3 programs look like in action:
What do tutors do after service with the Literacy Lab?
Our tutors pursue a wide variety of career paths. Many institutions will match the Education Award, and AmeriCorps has partnerships with Employers of National Service. Many tutors choose to pursue careers in education after service with The Literacy Lab. Alternate certification programs like the Center for Inspired Teaching, KIPP CTR, The New Teacher Project (Teaching Fellows), and Urban Teachers prioritize applicants' Literacy Lab experience.