A Proven Approach

Why it Works

Wisconsin Reading Corps trains tutors using the science of how children learn to read — and then puts them to work on boosting literacy skills. It’s nearly impossible for teachers to deliver individualized instruction to every student. But because that’s all Reading Corps tutors do, they can personalize their approach and focus on what each student needs.

Evidence-based Literacy Interventions

Our tutors work one-on-one and in small groups with readers from age 3 through grade 3, using evidence-based literacy interventions created by experts. The result: Struggling readers make incredible gains that are evident on assessments. (Another wonderful result: many of our talented tutors go on to become teachers themselves!)

Data-Driven Decisions

Data is at the core of the Reading Corps model. Tutors use research-based assessments to monitor their students’ progress and work with coaches to make sure they’re providing the right instruction to each child.

The Secret Sauce: Training and Support from Literacy Experts

Tutors begin their AmeriCorps service with rigorous training from literacy experts, who give them the knowledge and tools they need to be effective and confident. We make sure Reading Corps tutors are successful by providing expert guidance so they’re never on their own.


Tutors work with students every day. They also receive training and coaching all year long so they can work effectively with struggling learners.

Internal Coaches

An onsite coach — usually a literacy specialist or teacher at the school — provides daily support to tutors and conducts regular checks to make sure the tutoring is on track.

Master Coaches

A literacy expert provided by Reading Corps visits each site several times throughout the year to help tutors and internal coaches use student data to make decisions about the right interventions.

Reading Corps Works

  • The reach of the WI Reading Corps program has been extensive. We are thankful for the continued partnership and look forward to the ongoing work and celebrations of success.

    Deb Kuether, Milwaukee Public Schools Literacy Director
  • “My students work hard and inspire me to always be my best.”

    Merari, Reading tutor — Auer Elementary School, Milwaukee
  • "I serve because I truly believe that a life cannot be fully lived without being in service to others."  

    Michael, Reading Tutor — Watertown
  • I chose to serve in order to help kids who need a little more help than their schools can provide. Many kids in Milwaukee need consistent guidance and a trustworthy role model and that’s exactly who I aim to be.   

    Ty, Reading Tutor — Milwaukee
  • "We really are changing people’s lives for the better and not only that, but it’s positively affecting me as an individual to grow."  

    Malik, Reading Tutor — Milwaukee

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