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Reading Tutor - 2020-21 School Year

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Become a Reading Assist fellow and spend a school year of service working with struggling readers in some of Delaware's highest needs schools. With your help, one more child can embark on a path to success in reading.

What will I do?

Reading Assist Fellows serve in elementary schools throughout Delaware, providing one-on-one reading instruction to students in kindergarten through third grade who face significant reading challenges. Fellows teach foundational reading skills to students who might never learn to read through traditional classroom education.

Fellows are trained to be certified dyslexia practitioners, and teach at-risk, struggling readers in grades K-3. Fellows work with up to 8 students for 45 minutes each day, and meet with an experienced coach every week for support and feedback.

The Reading Assist Fellowship, an AmeriCorps program, requires:

  • 1200 service hours (900 for part-time) to be completed between September 7, 2021, and June 10, 2022.
  • 900 service hours (675 for part-time) to be completed between October 18, 2021, and June 10, 2022.

Fellows begin their five-week training on September 7, 2021, or October 18, 2021 (New Castle County only) and are then embedded into high-needs elementary schools in Delaware. Fellows transform the lives of students who may have with have dyslexia or other reading challenges.


Reading Assist Fellows receive benefits including:

  • A $680 biweekly living allowance ($450 biweekly for part-time)
  • A $4,400 education award (determined by the Pell Grant) upon successful completion of 1200 service hours ($3,100 for 900 hours, $2400 for 675 hours)
  • $500 relocation allowance if moving 50 miles or more
  • Student loan deferment
  • Professional certification in reading intervention
  • Resume-building professional experience
  • Education sector exposure

*Members who are 55 years of age or older when they begin service may gift the education award to a child or grandchild.


We seek passionate, capable tutors willing to serve the students and the community. You do not need teaching experience, but you must to be ready to commit to students for the remainder of the school year.

Reading Assist Fellows must be willing to:

  • Commit to a school year of service from September or October 2021 to June 2022, serving Monday-Friday from approximately 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in schools (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for part-time).
  • Work with children in K-3, including children who may have behavioral challenges in addition to academic needs.
  • Become an integral member of the AmeriCorps community and participate in all AmeriCorps trainings, events, and projects.
  • Attend all Reading Assist training sessions and events.
  • Teach students in schools according to the Reading Assist Intervention program:
  • Prepare lesson plans tailored to the individual needs of the student.
  • Work with a coach to provide individualized instruction.
  • Meet with coach regularly to discuss the implementation of the intervention and student progress.
  • Monitor student progress and input data.
  • Communicate with coaches, school liaisons, and Reading Assist staff members in a timely and professional manner.
  • Maintain records as required, including student attendance and AmeriCorps hours.
  • Become an integral member of the school community.
  • Help to recruit additional Reading Assist Fellows.


Reading Assist Fellows should exhibit the following competencies:

  • Be able to blend, segment, and manipulate sounds within words
  • Show an interest in literacy, education, and community service
  • Demonstrate resilience, adaptability, and professionalism
  • Maintain a patient and flexible mindset
  • Be open to constructive feedback
  • Complete an AmeriCorps application
  • Submit to background checks and fingerprinting
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Have completed a college degree (preferred)

To Apply

Fill out an application directly at:

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100 W 10th St, Ste 910, Wilmington, DE 19801, US

Mission Statement

Reading Assist provides intensive services for young, at-risk children with the most significant reading challenges so that they achieve reading progress and proficiency.


Reading Assist provides one-on-one reading instruction for Delaware K-3 students in the lowest 10% for reading proficiency, with a focus on serving in schools where there is the highest need.

We recruit, train, and embed AmeriCorps members - known as Reading Assist Fellows - willing to commit a school year of service to provide our accredited, one-on-one intervention program to struggling readers.

We believe no child should struggle when success is within reach​.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Wilmington, DE 19801



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Development
  • Reading / Writing
  • Special Needs


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • M-F, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (or M-F, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for part-time)

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