Just Before Start of School, Tutors in High Demand
Kids in Minnesota schools are still far behind in math and reading proficiency, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Teachers are struggling to keep up.
Staff with Ampact, a nonprofit organization dedicated to service, said Minnesota already faced disparities between white and non-white learners before the pandemic. In the aftermath of the pandemic, the group said those gaps grew wider.
Tutors are one solution to close those gaps. Schools need them, but there are not enough to meet demand. Currently, there are over 400 open positions on the Ampact/Americorps website.
Chris Erickson, program manager at Ampact, said the difference tutors make are huge.
“Seeing them for regular dosage throughout the week and throughout the school year has proven that these kids will make more than a year of growth in one year’s time,” Erickson said. “They are not just staying behind their peers; they are actually closing the gap in these programs.”
To be a reading and math tutor, you have to be over 18 and either an American citizen or a permanent U.S. resident. You also must pass a background check.
It is a paid position. Tutors serve throughout the school year for any number of hours.
Those who are interested can apply online.