The Literacy LabThe Literacy Lab Tutor Application, 2019-20 AmeriCorps Program

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Page 1 of 11: Welcome and Sign-In

Welcome! We’re glad that you are considering a term of full-time tutoring with The Literacy Lab (now - June 2020).

As an organization, The Literacy Lab believes that literacy is a human right. Building strong literacy skills for our students will lead to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. Our urgent mission is to ensure that all children have the chance to become successful readers, despite systemic barriers that may be in place. 

If selected as a tutor, you will play an important role in closing the resource gap and helping students prepare to be strong, lifelong readers. 


The application is 11 pages long, and it should take you around 30 minutes to complete. The application includes several sections, including:

  • 1 short essay
  • Education history
  • Work and/or volunteer history

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

Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request via email ( or phone (202-649-0747). 

Literacy Tutor: Position Overview

Reading is the foundation for educational success and opportunities in life, yet many children are not given the time and skills to build this foundation. Children without the necessary literacy skills can fall behind quickly, and the consequences last a lifetime. Children who are not reading on grade level by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school.

The Literacy Lab recognizes that ensuring all students have the chance to read proficiently is an urgent and critical need. Our approach is to provide pre-K and elementary schools with evidence-based literacy intervention, full-time literacy tutors to implement the model, and assessment tools and a coaching support structure that ensures the success of the program and students.

If you believe literacy is a human right and want to ensure that all children learn to read proficiently, you belong on our team!

Tutors will serve full-time for an entire academic year in an assigned school and work with a caseload of about 15-18 students in need of targeted reading support. Tutors will implement specific early literacy interventions, conduct weekly progress monitoring, and work with a team of coaches to make data-informed decisions to ensure each child is on track to read proficiently. Tutors are a part of the school community and will work to build strong relationships with students, teachers, and other staff. In addition, tutors will participate in community-based volunteer opportunities.

At a minimum, a tutor must:

  • Serve 40-45 hours/week

  • Commit to serving for the full school year (August-July)

  • Become engaged with volunteer opportunities at your school site and in the community

  • Act on feedback from coaches and program staff

  • Utilize specific data-based and scripted curriculum


At a minimum, all applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalency

  • Have served no more than 3 previous AmeriCorps terms

  • Be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident

  • DACA recipients are unfortunately not eligible to apply

  • Candidates must not be registered, or be required to register, on any sex offender registry


Over the course of their service term, tutors receive:

  • A modest living allowance (pre-tax; differs by region)

    • Baltimore, MD ($1600/ month)

    • Greater Richmond, VA ($1400/ month)

    • Hampton Roads, VA ($1400/ month

    • Kansas City, MO ($1300/ month)

    • Metro DC ($1600/ month)

    • DC IS NO LONGER HIRING FOR 2019-20 - please apply to be a DC tutor in 2020-21 here

    • Western Massachusetts ($1400/ month)

  • Federal student loan forbearance

  • Segal Education Award upon completion of service

  • Health insurance, with all premiums covered by The Literacy Lab

  • Access to SNAP benefits, as well as Childcare and Employee Assistance Programs

  • Transferable professional development that complements your service year experience


  • Explore our Year at a Glance, FAQs, and position overviews here.

  • Potential applicants are also invited to attend an informational webinar to learn more about the application process, hear about the tutor experience, and have the opportunity to connect with a recruiter. Sign up here.


Please enter your current legal first name as it appears on your ID.

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

As it appears on your ID.

As it appears on your ID.

Important: The Literacy Lab will use this email address 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 will only accept and review one application per person each school year.
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Page 2 of 11: 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 2019.
  • A high school graduate or GED recipient (at minimum).
  • A US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident.
    • This does not include DACA recipients.
  • If this will be an additional term of AmeriCorps service, you must have previously served three years or fewer to be eligible for continued service.
    • AmeriCorps sets maximum limits for service terms. You are not required to have already served with AmeriCorps!
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 of information related to your criminal background is grounds for disqualification.

Page 3 of 11: 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


To serve with us, AmeriCorps requires you to be at least 18 years old before our start date (August 2019). Please confirm your date of birth.

To serve with us, AmeriCorps requires you to be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident 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.

Demographic data is processed separately from selection to prevent bias. However, if you would prefer to not disclose this information, you may select "Prefer not to respond" for every item!

Page 4 of 11: Commitments and Preferences

As a tutor, you will represent The Literacy Lab each day in your work with our school partners and the students and communities we serve. Our success depends on tutors' commitment to our mission and ethic of service.

Below, we outline the basic commitments tutors must fulfill to be successful in our program. You'll also have an opportunity to select your location and program preferences.

We make every effort to honor applicants' location preferences. We offer positions in the Pre-K or K-3 program based on skill set, programmatic need, and applicant preference.

Commitment to Our Mission
The Literacy Lab believes that all people deserve the chance to become successful readers, despite systemic barriers that might be in place. We seek dedicated, hardworking applicants who can build upon opportunities and develop strong relationships, even in stressful and/or challenging situations.

In this position, you will work with age 3 - grade 3 learners who are eager to develop their reading skills in order to reach grade level proficiency. Tutors spend the majority of each day actively engaged with their students.

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 duration of the term.

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
  • Greater Richmond, VA: $1,400/month, pre-tax
  • Hampton Roads, VA: $1,400/month, pre-tax
  • Kansas City, MO: $1,300/month, pre-tax
  • Metro DC: $1,600/month, pre-tax
  • Western Massachusetts: $1,400/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.
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 six regions: 
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Greater Richmond, VA
  • Hampton Roads, VA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Metro DC
  • Western Massachusetts
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! 

METRO DC IS NO LONGER HIRING FOR 2019-20. Please apply for 2020-21 here.

OPTIONAL; only select a secondary location if you're interested in serving there.

Page 5 of 11: 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 sets maximum limits for service terms. You are not required to have already served with AmeriCorps!

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.
You cannot apply to this Position because you have exceeded the term limit.

Exiting for Cause (i.e. not finishing hours and/or other program requirements) from an AmeriCorps term of service may disqualify you from a future term of service with The Literacy Lab.

Page 6 of 11: Short Essays

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.
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Page 7 of 11: 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 2019. If you're currently in school, but planning to graduate by August 2019, 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 2019.
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 self-care.  Please email if you have questions.

Page 8 of 11: Work and Volunteer Experience

We find that successful Literacy Lab applicants come from a variety of backgrounds. Although formal experience with children and/or youth may be helpful for our tutors, it is not required. 

Please include any professional and/or volunteer experiences that have contributed to your skill set, 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

Please describe up to three positions you have held, beginning with your most recent position. You may include up to two additional positions you believe are relevant to The Literacy Lab program.

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 9 of 11: 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 that may appear appear on your criminal history 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."
Individuals that are required to register on a sex offender registry are not eligible to work with Literacy Lab. You will be unable to submit your application.

Page 10 of 11: 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 11 of 11: Final Considerations

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

Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request via email ( or phone (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.

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