The Literacy Lab
1 Federal Street
Springfield, MA 01105
The Literacy Lab serves children from age three through grade three. We partner with school districts to help close the literacy gap largely by embedding full-time, rigorously-trained tutors in early childhood centers and elementary schools.
|Salary Range:||Location:||SPRINGFIELD, MA|
|Job Type:||Category:||Full Time||Education/Training|
|Education Level:||Work Experience:|
|High School or Equivalent|
Preference: Nice to have
|Do you believe that literacy is a human right? |
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 classrooms and elementary schools with evidence-based literacy intervention and full-time literacy tutors to implement the model. With the help of assessment tools, their coaching teams, and The Literacy Lab’s program staff, our tutors help their students become successful readers.
If you want to make a difference in the lives of children while gaining professional skills and experience in the fields of education, nonprofit, and social justice, a service term with The Literacy Lab may be the perfect opportunity for you!
WHAT YOU WILL DO
Tutors serve full-time for an entire academic year and work with a caseload of about 15-18 students who need targeted reading support. At their school site, tutors implement Reading Corps 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 work to build strong relationships with students, teachers, and other staff. In addition, tutors participate in community-based volunteer opportunities and ongoing professional development sessions.
At a minimum, a tutor must:
- Serve in a full-time capacity, approx. 8 hours/ day, M-F
- Commit to a full service term (August-June)
- Implement feedback from coaches and program staff
- Utilize Reading Corps specific data-based and scripted curriculum
- Participate in service days, ongoing training, and other Literacy Lab events and meetings
Over the course of their service term, tutors receive:
- A modest living allowance
- 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
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
In addition to fulfilling our mission of ensuring that our students have the resources they need to be successful readers, we are proud to support diverse cohorts of tutors each year. We know that our cohorts are stronger when our tutors represent a number of different communities, cultures, religious backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.
Because of the systemic history of racial inequity in the teaching profession, we’re dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging educators of color. Research shows that students who have a teacher that looks like them early in their educational career are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. As over 90% of the students we serve are children of color, we know that having a representative cohort is crucial for positive long-term effects on our students. Furthermore, all students benefit from having at least one teacher of color in elementary school.
The Literacy Lab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request. Required physical/sensory job functions are provided upon request.
Explore our Year at a Glance, which includes detailed position overviews (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eKSxCkAg4AWechLEJ_fHJrO475ZcWSWM/view).
Review our FAQs (https://theliteracylab.org/tutorexperience/#faqs).
Submit your application through The Literacy Lab’s website (https://theliteracylab.org/apply/).
At a minimum, all tutors must:
- Be at least 17 years old
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalency
- Have served no more than 3 previous AmeriCorps terms (no prior AmeriCorps experience necessary)
- 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.