When the word ‘superhero’ comes to mind, you probably think of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Thor, Wonder Woman, or Captain America. These figures all “save the day,” fighting crime, protecting the public, and sometimes battling super villains. Superheroes, however, can come in many different forms. North Dakota Reading Corps tutors are their own special breed of superheros.
Every year, North Dakota Reading Corps (NDRC) tutors trained on the literacy interventions, assessments, and progress monitoring tools help children succeed in reading. They are superheros, striving to help each child become a proficient reader by the time they leave third grade. The 2015-16 school year was another successful one for the NDRC superhero tutors, and they have a lot to say about why we should become Reading Corps superheros ourselves.
“Working with Kindergarten students was a new experience for me,” said Carol Locken, reflecting on her first year as a Reading Corps superhero.
Although Locken was new to the program, it didn’t take long for her to catch on to its benefits, recognizing that Reading Corps tutors help students succeed in more areas than just academics.
“While talking to classroom teachers, I found that they were not only seeing growth in the academic skills of my students, but also growth in communication skills, focusing on and completing assigned tasks, and an increase in self-confidence. I felt that the individuality and consistency of the program provided these positive results. That’s success!”
Aside from the success you help breed, Reading Corps tutors get a one-on-one experience with the students, oftentimes resulting in unforgettable bonds. The following Reading Corps superhero tutors share stories that represent the relationships they formed with students during intervention.
Trevor Magel: “This year I had a first grade student who had already exited come up and ask me when they would get to read with me again. Her telling me that she missed me made me feel good because I knew my work was making a difference.”
Stephenie Braunagel: “A particular student I have been working with was having a really rough week. He loves being in school and being able to see all of his friends. One day I was asking him what he liked best about school and he said, “Miss B. I always look forward to seeing you everyday and being able to read with you. I know I am not the best reader, but you don’t make fun of me for it. You understand and can always make my day better.”
Marilyn Erickson: “I worked with a 2nd grade student for most of the school year. He worked very hard and wanted to exit so bad. Every day he would share a personal story with me on the way to my room. For the last month he has been so excited as he got closer and closer to exiting. Today he finally was able to exit. He was so excited he did a little dance. Then all of a sudden, he looked and me and said, “How am I going to share my stories with you now?”
Stephanie Christeson: “The work of tutoring isimportant not only because of the chance to help students improve their reading skills, but also because of the privilege of developing relationships.”
Aside from the sense of accomplishment and pride you get from helping children read, there are many other benefits to becoming a superhero tutor:
- Training, coaching, and experience in research-based literacy strategies
- Professional skill-building & networks
- Living allowance of $400 or $600 monthly
- Education Award of $2199.92 (675hrs) or $1,527.45 (450hrs)
- Student loan forbearance
Now that you know the benefits of becoming a tutor, you might be wondering what we’ll ask of you.
- Commit to 10 months of service (August 09, 2016-May 31, 2017)
- Serve 675 (Reduced Half Time) or 450 (Quarter Time) hours
- Reduced Half Time members serve 20 hour per week for a minimum total of 675 hours. Nearly all of these hours are accrued during typical school-day hours.
- Quarter Time tutors serve at least 15 hours per week for a minimum total of 450 hours. Nearly of these hours are accrued during typical school-day hours.
- Serve daily in a school setting
- Meet with students every day of the school week during normal school hours
- Participate in professional training
- Initial training is August 9-11 and covers everything you will need to know to get started at your school.
- Engage in your community
- Commit to completing two community service activities called National Days of Service during their term of service.
- Each tutor will also be required to recruit two individuals to do a service activity on behalf of Reading Corps.
Wouldn’t you like to change lives in 2016-17? We are currently hiring for Bismarck, Fargo, Jamestown, Mandan and West Fargo tutors.
Apply now to serve in North Dakota Reading Corps here https://fs20.formsite.com/readingcorps/form87/form_login.html
or visit www.ndseec.com/readingcorps for more information.