WHAT IS THE TUTORING SCHEDULE?
America Reads Tutors are expected to tutor a minimum of 5 hours twice a week for the entire school year (for example, Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4). In general we try to match tutors with schools based on the tutor’s availability and the needs of the school. Tutoring occurs between the hours of 8am and 4pm both during and after school. The America Reads application asks prospective tutors to indicate the blocks of time they are available.
School Based Tutoring Placements
America Reads Tutors are placed in local public schools to provide one-on-one tutoring for struggling readers, including ESL students. Tutors can also work with small groups of children. A coordinating school teacher supervises the America Reads tutors by providing lesson plans, direct support, coaching and training. Tutors are matched with schools based on their availability, transportation, and the school’s needs.
McGuffey Reading Center
Some tutors are placed at the McGuffey Reading Center to provide after-school tutoring on Mondays and Thursdays. Tutors are supported by McGuffey faculty and graduate students who provide training, lesson plans, and coaching.
Graduate students with experience teaching and/or tutoring can apply to work as a tutor mentor at the McGuffey Reading Center or a public school. Duties include: creating lesson plans for tutors, and providing support for tutors during the after-school tutoring session.
Book Buddies: An Excellent Infrastructure for America Reads
2011-2012 marks the twentieth year of the Book Buddies program, a large-scale one-on-one community volunteer reading tutorial. All lesson plans are provided to tutors by their school’s Book Buddies coordinator.