The Literacy LabThe Literacy Lab Tutor Application, 2018-19 AmeriCorps Program

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Page 1 of 13: Welcome and Sign-In

Welcome! We’re glad you’re considering a year of full-time tutoring with The Literacy Lab (August 2018 - July 2019).

Here at The Literacy Lab, we believe that literacy is a human right. Our urgent mission is to provide low-income children with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. 

If selected to tutor with us, you will play an important role in closing the literacy gap and helping students prepare to be strong, lifelong readers.  We look forward to reading your application!


The application is 13 pages long, and it should take you around 30 minutes to complete. The application includes several sections, including:

  • Education history
  • Work and/or volunteer history
  • 3 short essays
  • Reference contact information

If you aren't able to complete the application in one sitting, you can save your work and come back to it anytime.  

Reasonable accommodations are provided upon applicant and/or tutor request. To request reasonable accommodations for the application process, please email 

or call 202-649-0747.

Important: The Literacy Lab will use this email to contact you during the selection process. Please make sure you will have access this email address for the whole year.  Remember that school email addresses often expire after graduation! 

We only accept one application for AmeriCorps and/or one for Leading Men per recruitment cycle.
AmeriCorps Logo

Page 2 of 13: Program Interest and Eligibility 

Before you begin, please take some time to confirm your program eligibility.

Program Eligibility

As AmeriCorps members, our tutors must meet a few minimum requirements.  Before continuing with the application, please review these requirements below to make sure you are eligible! 

You MUST be:

  • At least 18 years old by August 2018.
  • A high school graduate or GED recipient (at minimum).
  • A US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident/Alien. 
    • This does not include DACA recipients.
  • Eligible for another AmeriCorps term, if you have already completed AmeriCorps service.  
You MUST NOT be registered, or required to register, on a sex offender registry.

If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, please email

If you meet these requirements, please click Next Page below.
NOTE: Any intentional misrepresentation or omission is grounds for disqualification.

Page 3 of 13: Contact and Demographic Information

In the following section, you have the opportunity to tell us information about yourself. We look forward to getting to know you!
Contact Information

Please enter your current legal first name.

We'll try to use this name in all communications with you!


To serve with us, AmeriCorps requires you to be at least 18 years old before our start date (August 2018). Please confirm your date of birth.

To serve with us, AmeriCorps requires you to be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States. If we offer you a position, you will have to provide proof of your citizenship or residency status.
Demographics Information
The Literacy Lab is committed to recruiting a diverse pool of tutors that reflects the communities we serve. By providing this optional demographics information, you can help us track our progress toward this goal!

Page 4 of 13: Education Overview

Please tell us more about your educational history.  If you’d like to add additional schools or universities, you can click the link at the bottom of the page.
Education Eligibility
First, please indicate how much schooling you expect to complete by our start date in August 2018. If you're currently in school, but planning to graduate by August 2018, you can just say that you've graduated.

To serve with us, AmeriCorps requires you to have at least a high school diploma or equivalency by August 2018.
High School Education History

Higher Education History  (If Applicable)

NOTE: Generally, we advise against enrolling in more than one or two college classes while serving as a tutor. Even flexible degree options, like part-time online and evening courses, require a significant time commitment that affect a tutor's ability to participate in required afterschool trainings and meetings, as well as their rest and self-care.  Please email if you have questions.

Page 5 of 13: Work and Volunteer Experience

We find that successful Literacy Lab applicants come from a variety of backgrounds. 

Although experience with children and/or youth may be helpful for our tutors, it is not required. Lots of experiences may be relevant, including:

  • Full- or part-time paid jobs
  • Full- or part-time volunteer roles
  • Leadership positions in clubs or other organizations
  • AmeriCorps or other service year positions
  • Self-employment 
  • Internships or fellowships
  • Full-time parenting

Beginning with your current or most recent position, please describe up to three positions you have held. Please include professional and/or volunteer roles that have contributed to your skill set!

If the exact start date is not known, please enter the first day of the starting month.

If the exact end date is not known, please enter the first day of the ending month.

Page 6 of 13: Prior AmeriCorps Experience (If Applicable)

The Literacy Lab partners with AmeriCorps, a US national service program. AmeriCorps has several eligibility requirements which are referenced throughout the application. 
AmeriCorps Experience

Please Note: Though you may serve up to four terms with AmeriCorps, you may not be eligible for the Education Award for all four terms.

Page 7 of 13: Commitment

We are deeply invested in the students, schools, and communities we serve. Our success depends upon our tutors actively embracing their service terms and our mission. Below, we outline the basic commitments tutors must fulfill to be successful in our program.
Commitment to Our Mission
Our partner schools and communities are often faced with the challenge of both an achievement gap and a resource gap. Tutors may encounter environments and situations that are unfamiliar to them. We seek applicants who are problem solvers and relationship builders in stressful and/or challenging situations. 

All day, every day, tutors work with age 3 - grade 3 students who are falling behind in their literacy skills. We seek tutors who are dedicated to student achievement and excited to work with our communities' youngest stakeholders.

Commitment to Service
We provide the year-round training, coaching, and support necessary to help our tutors effectively implement our evidenced-based interventions. Literacy Lab tutors should be prepared to fulfill several basic commitments to service.

Once the school year has begun, it becomes difficult to replace tutors. Committing to our program means serving for the entire 11 months.

When school is in session, you will meet with your students every day on a consistent schedule. When school is not in session but it is not a holiday (i.e., parent-teacher conference days, etc.), you will complete required trainings, seek out community service, etc.

A full-time AmeriCorps service term is 1700 hours. You will need to serve 40-45 hours per week to meet this requirement before the end of the year. This will include regular service outside of the school day and/or site.

Our tutors receive a modest living allowance that varies by metro area:
  • Baltimore, MD: $1,600/month, pre-tax
  • Hampton Roads, VA: $1,400/month, pre-tax
  • Kansas City, MO: $1,300/month, pre-tax
  • Richmond, VA: $1,400/month, pre-tax
  • Springfield, MA: $1,400/month, pre-tax
  • Washington, DC: $1,600/month, pre-tax

Please carefully consider any available supports that may help you fulfill a service-year commitment. We recommend using a free online tax calculator to estimate the amount you'll receive after required local, state, and federal taxes are deducted.

Otherwise, please write N/A.

Page 8 of 13: Program and Location Preference

If selected, you will be placed as a Pre-K or K-3 tutor in one metropolitan area. We can't guarantee all applicants their top choices, but we make an effort to accommodate location preferences.  
Program Preference
Please take a moment to learn about our two programs:

Pre-K Model Illustration

  • Embedded full-time in one Pre-K classroom with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher 
  • Deliver daily whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one intervention
K-3 Model Illustration

  • Embedded full-time in a school, supporting students from Kindergarten through 3rd grade
  • Deliver one-on-one intervention to 15-18 students, 20 minutes/day, 5 days/week
Please indicate your program preference(s) below. If you are interested in more than one program, you may select multiple options, but you are not required to do so!

Location Preference
Next school year, we plan to place a team of about 300 full-time tutors in five metropolitan areas: 
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Hampton Roads, VA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Richmond, VA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Washington, DC
You can learn more about the unique local contexts of these locations on our website:

Please indicate the metropolitan area(s) in which you would consider serving.

If you are interested in more than one location, you may select multiple options, but you are not required to do so! 

If you have no specific location preference, please select "Flexible."


Page 9 of 13: Short Essays

You have given us detailed information about your education and work history. Now, we'd like to hear how these personal and professional experiences have shaped you and inspired you to serve with The Literacy Lab!
Short Essays

Your answer should be around 100-200 words.

Your answer should be around 100-200 words.

Your answer should be around 100-200 words.

Your answer should be around 100-200 words.

Your answer should be around 100-200 words. 

Your answer should be around 100-200 words.

Page 10 of 13: References

To consider you for our program, we need to hear from two references who have supervised you.

A reference from a volunteer/internship coordinator, teacher/professor, job supervisor, and/or academic/career counselor would be perfectly appropriate. A reference from a personal friend, member of your family, or peer would not be appropriate.

If you are a returning Literacy Lab tutor, you'll need to include either your Master Coach or Internal Coach.  For your second reference, please do not list your Program Manager or Program Associate.

Upon submission of your application, we send references an automated email on your behalf requesting that they complete a very brief online reference form. We can't offer you a position until those references are complete!  

If we do not hear back from your references promptly, they'll receive automatic reminders. Meanwhile, you'll receive an automatic email requesting that you check in with your reference(s), and/or provide an Alternate Reference. 
First Reference 

Second Reference

Page 11 of 13: Criminal History

To ensure the protection of the students we serve, AmeriCorps requires extensive criminal history checks. These include the National Sex Offender Registry, FBI, and various state and local checks. AmeriCorps regulations prohibit service without accompaniment until the criminal history check is complete and you are cleared.
Criminal History

If you have a previous criminal conviction or criminal adjudication, it does not necessarily disqualify you from consideration, depending on the circumstances. However, intentional misrepresentation or omission of criminal history is grounds for disqualification.

Below, please provide any additional information about your criminal history. Please thoughtfully consider anything that may appear on your record, including:
  • Pre-trial investigations
  • Charges that were later dropped
  • Charges that are in the process of being expunged
  • Fines
Please do not include parking tickets, minor traffic violations, etc.
If you have nothing to disclose, enter "No criminal history to report."

Page 12 of 13: Referral Details

Please take a moment to share how you first heard about this program. Our Recruitment Team analyzes this data to inform future outreach! Please include as much information as possible.
How Did You Hear About Us?

Referrer's First and Last Name, OR N/A if not applicable
Referrer Email Address

If you have no more specific referral information you'd like to provide, please write N/A.

Page 13 of 13: Final Considerations

Before you submit your application, please review a few final items.
Application Review and Submission

The Literacy Lab staff strives to recruit, select, and support the most capable, dedicated tutors possible for our students. To this end, application and reference data for hired tutors is used in research that helps inform selection and outreach. Names and/or specific identifiers are excluded in this research whenever possible.

The Literacy Lab believes in providing equal opportunity for all applicants, employees, members and volunteers. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate in program admission or administration based on race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, status as a covered veteran or with regard to public assistance, membership, or activity in a local human rights commission, or any other status protected by law. Applicants, employees, members, and volunteers will be evaluated solely on the basis of their qualifications, skills, experience, and conduct. 
Reasonable accommodations are provided upon applicant and/or tutor request. To request reasonable accommodations for the application process, please email 
or call 202-649-0747.

PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C § 552a) requires that the following notice be provided to you: The authority for collecting information from you in this application is contained in 42 U.S.C 12592 and 12615 of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 as amended, and 42 U.S.C 4953 of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 as amended. You are advised that submission of the information is entirely voluntary, but the requested information is required in order for you to participate in AmeriCorps programs. The principal purpose for requesting this personal information is to process your application for acceptance into an AmeriCorps program, and for other general routine purposes associated with your participation in an AmeriCorps program. These routine purposes may include disclosure of the information to federal, state, or local agencies pursuant to lawfully authorized requests, to present and former employers, references provided by you in your application, and educational institutions, for the purpose of verifying the information provided by you in your application. In some programs, the information may also be provided to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to determine the existence of any prior criminal convictions. The information will not otherwise be disclosed to entities outside of AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service without your prior written permission.