Preschool Literacy Tutor - Educator Corps - Delano School Readiness

Position Summary
A Preschool Literacy Tutor - Educator Corps is a current employee (classroom teacher, para or aid) of the service site where they serve. The tutor serves in a classroom of children ages 3 - 5 to develop children's early literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten. Tutors are trained in research-based early literacy strategies and collaborate with the classroom teaching staff to enhance daily literacy opportunities and conduct literacy assessments to increase the number of children on target with early reading predictors. This is an AmeriCorps service member position with the AmeriCorps program, Minnesota Reading Corps.
Essential Functions
Early Literacy Instruction and Assessment
Provide intentional, meaningful and fun literacy instruction during all parts of the day to improve the early literacy skills of children ages 3 - 5, specifically focusing on the "Big Five Emergent Literacy Skills" that give children the opportunity to talk, read, write and play every day.
Write a theme related lesson plan each week that reflects daily talking, reading and writing with children.
Plan and facilitate small group literacy instruction as part of the daily routine.
Enhance the classroom literacy environment, as described in the Early Literacy and Language Classroom Observation (ELLCO), to achieve a "Basic" or "Better" score on the ELLCO by spring.
Implement elements of the Literacy and Math Rich Schedule, including greeting children at arrival, helping children write their name at sign-in, having "Strive for 5" mealtime conversations, writing a daily message, conducting a Repeated Read Aloud, journaling, enhancing literacy during choice time, leading one-on-one and/or small group targeted interventions daily for at-risk children, and leading "Big 5" transitions.
Provide targeted early literacy support to a minimum of 5-7 children daily in a one-on-one and/or small group setting using scripted early literacy interventions; achieve a high degree of fidelity to the scripted interventions.
Assess, with high level of accuracy, child outcomes and progress using tri-annual benchmark assessments and ongoing progress monitoring assessments.
Identify students who qualify for targeted one-on-one and/or small group Minnesota Reading Corps tutoring services based on assessment data and direction from the Internal Coach and Master Coach.
Record student and program data completely and accurately in an online database on a weekly basis; maintain confidentiality of all student data.
Participate in on-site coaching sessions (includes observation of tutor) two times per month to review student progress, plan, problem-solve and set goals; act on constructive feedback from coaching sessions.
Provide opportunities for family literacy involvement for Reading Corps children, including implementing the Reading Corps family literacy intervention - Talk, Read and Write with Me!
Communicate and interact with students in an age and developmentally appropriate way.
Act on constructive feedback provided by Internal and Master Coach and Program Staff.
Build professional relationships and communicate regularly with classroom teachers, Internal Coach, and the Master Coach regarding student schedules, interventions, student progress, etc.
Communicate effectively with Reading Corps staff and site personnel.
Regular, timely attendance during school hours Monday-Friday, along with before/after school hours as scheduled.
Commitment to the entire term(s) of service, including making regular and adequate progress toward the minimum total service hours required by the Member Service Agreement.
Attend all required Reading Corps sponsored training sessions, meetings, and coaching sessions, including Member Meet Ups (when applicable); travel as necessary.
Secondary Functions
Support the preschool classroom as assigned by Internal Coach, Master Coach, or Program Manager.
Represent Reading Corps at site-sponsored activities, meetings, and other activities (e.g., family night) and provide education about Reading Corps and general literacy awareness.
Actively participate in service projects and commemorating days such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (as applicable). These may include evening and/or weekend hours.
Be an ambassador of our program by submitting Great Stories and participating in outreach activities.
School Readiness
Early development of key mathematics skills, in addition to reading proficiency, is a predictor of later success. Experts in mathematics have uncovered a strong connection between skills measured in preschool and math achievement at age 15. As a result, a very small subsection of Professional Corps members in the Twin Cities will participate in the School Readiness pilot project. ? Integrate the following concepts into daily interventions with children in their classroom: 1) subitizing, 2) object counting, 3) number after knowledge, 4) comparisons (counting), 5) comparisons (mental), and 6) the concept of the number-after equals one more.
Minimum Qualifications
Must be 18 years of age or older by your start date.
Must have at least a high school diploma or recognized equivalent by your start date.
Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
Must pass mandatory pre-service background checks.
Must not have served 4 or more prior terms of service with AmeriCorps State or National.
Must be employed by a Minnesota Reading Corps service site as a teacher, para or classroom aid.
Speak, read, and write English fluently.
Interest in education, specifically helping young children develop early language and literacy skills.
Dedication to community service.
Basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate online systems and email.
Energetic, results-oriented, student-focused style.
Strong planning and time-management skills.
Strong capacity to be flexible and adaptable to varied circumstances, paired with a conscientious commitment to adhere to the Reading Corps tutoring model with fidelity.
Consistent follow-through.
Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from coaches and program staff.
Ability to work with diverse personalities.
Ability to adapt to a sometimes challenging and high-pressure environment.
Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity.
Reading Corps will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant based on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by law.
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