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Minnesota Corps Program Seeking Reading and Math Tutors for Duluth Schools

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 06, 2019 08:26 PM

The Minnesota Reading and Math Corps Program says Duluth schools need reading and math tutors for the 2019-2020 school year.

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They're hoping to fill 34 tutoring spots before the school year and are encouraging community members to sign up and help with the effort.

"I like that it’s very individualized, very one-on-one. You see them day after day and build this relationship and you know what they need and they get used to you and feel comfortable learning with you," Lara Montgomery, a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor, said.

Montgomery practices reading skills with a group of first through third grade students at Lowell Elementary School. She does a variety of reading activities with them every day so they get extra practice.

"It makes a big difference. It's 20 minutes a day, it’s an extra 100 minutes a week for practice," Montgomery said.

The Minnesota Reading and Math Corps programs are designed to help students become successful readers by the end of third grade, and proficient in math by the end of eighth grade.

Duluth schools are currently in need of filling 29 literacy and five math tutoring positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Both full-time and part-time tutors are being recruited. The tutoring sessions would start in August. 

"They say until third grade you're learning to read and afterwards you're reading to learn. This is the time to help these kids better their reading, become better readers,” Montgomery said.

"It’s heartwarming to see the affect that our tutors have on our students,” Lindsey Molstad, a Minnesota Reading Corps program manager, said.

Molstad said you don't need a teaching background to be a tutor. The program offers training and benefits as well.

"They get a stipend, health insurance, also an education award. Those can be great incentives for tutors,” Molstad said.

Tutors say they see students performance level improve from the personalized tutoring sessions, which also makes a difference in the long run for the students future.

"It's not just raising their skill level it’s also giving them the confidence they need to move forward and see our tutors give all that they can and really striving to see that student growth,” Molstad said.

Americorps is hosting an event at Bent Paddle on Thursday May 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for folks to learn more about the tutoring opportunity, as well as various Americorps programs throughout Duluth and Minnesota.

To sign up for the tutoring position, go to readingandmath.net

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