Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC)
Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC), a strategic initiative of ServeMinnesota, is a statewide program to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of third grade. The program places trained AmeriCorps tutors and community volunteers in schools, where they work with children from age three to grade three who are at risk for not reading at grade level. AmeriCorps tutors provide individualized research-based interventions and instruction directly to children.
MRC members are trained in research-based, leveled literacy instruction. Expert coaches and internal coaches (within the school) support members and ensure the use of quality practices. Members track student progress, and with help from their expert coaches, use this data to select appropriate tutoring strategies for each student.
The Literacy Tutor placed at Park Elementary tutors second and third graders in reading. The tutor provides 20 minutes of daily, one-on-one individualized literacy instruction using interventions selected to meet each child’s needs. Short weekly evaluations show how each child is progressing, if the selected intervention is working, and if the child is ready to exit the program. Please note the MRC program is in addition to the reading instruction each child receives in the classroom. MRC is not intended to replace, but rather work in conjunction with classroom instruction and the child’s teacher.