The Literacy Lab

The Literacy Lab tutors are placed in high-need preschools and elementary school to help close the resource gap for schools. The tutors work full-time for one year with school staff and literacy experts to implement structured, evidence-based interventions with age 3 to grade 3 students on a daily basis. This short video should give you a good sense of the work they do.

In the 2018-19 school year, the Literacy Lab plans to place over 250 tutors in five metro areas (Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, MO; Richmond, VA; Springfield, MA). Tutors can expect to grow in this work, benefiting from extensive training and coaching in best practices for early literacy intervention.

Go to for full program details, including the application process. The application for the 2018-19 school year will open in the winter. If you’d like to be notified when the application opens, submit your email address here.

All professional backgrounds and/or majors are encouraged to apply. College coursework is preferred, but not required. At minimum, candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a GED. Unfortunately, we cannot provide employer sponsorship to legally work in the US.

Benefits: Tutors receive a modest living stipend; a $6,000 AmeriCorps Education Award (approximate); federal student loan forbearance; basic health coverage; year-round training, coaching and support; and access to nationwide Literacy Lab and AmeriCorps alumni networks.