America Reads is a collaborative project designed to tutor children in reading in the community. America Reads tutors are St. Thomas University students who are part of the federal work study program. Tutoring takes place at a variety of locations, including local schools and community recreation centers.
America Reads! Tutors are expected to:
- Present themselves in a manner that reflects positively on them and on the America Reads! Challenge. Be courteous and dress appropriately.
- Treat all persons, including Site Coordinators and America Reads! staff members, with respect and courtesy. Resolve disputes in a constructive manner.
- Commit for at least one academic year.
- Show up for work everyday they are scheduled, keep their commitments, and be punctual for all scheduled assignments.
- Respect the confidential nature of anything that they see or hear. Share concerns and information only with school staff and America Reads! staff.
- Be tutors -- NOT educators, parents, or employees of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). Tutors CANNOT be left unsupervised with children, deviate from the tutoring curriculum, evaluate children on a formal basis, discipline children, preach their religion to children or school personnel, contact parents, or give students gifts or rewards exceeding $1 in value, or give students anything edible.
- To be eligible for the America Reads! Federal Work-Study Program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Students must have Federal Work Study as part of their financial aid award package
- Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA
- Students must be registered for and maintain at least 12 credit hours
30-Day Probationary Period
- Tutors are hired as candidates by St. Thomas University (STU) to be placed at school sites. Employment, however, is dependent upon a successful interview with the school’s Site Coordinator. Although you are employed as a Federal Work Study student, the Site Coordinator makes the final determination as to whether you will be hired at their specific site. In order to maintain employment as an America Reads! Tutor you must demonstrate acceptable performance at STU and the America Reads! Site.
- Upon employment, all new tutors will undergo a mandatory 30-day probationary period. During this period, Site Coordinators will assess the tutor’s performance to determine continued employment in the America
Reads program. Assessment will be based upon the policies outlined in this tutor manual, including (but not limited to) proper implementation of the tutorial model, dress code, job performance, attitude, attendance, and punctuality.
Paid vs. Unpaid Activities
Tutors are paid strictly for work related to America Reads!
This may include, but is not limited to:
- Organizing America Reads! materials/preparing for tutoring sessions
- Attending tutor team meetings
- Assisting AmeriCorps*VISTA members in the implementation of parental involvement activities
- Participating in Miami Book Fair International and Miami Volunteer Fair
- Attending training sessions and in-service workshops
Tutors will not be paid for
Tutor should not be:
- Chaperoning field trips unrelated to America Reads!
- Supervising classrooms
- Administering student assessment tests
- Handling other teacher duties
Channels of Communication
Contacting your designated America Reads! site:
- Make sure that you have the correct contact information for your designated site.
- Make sure to call your designated site the next business day after attending the 4-hour new tutor training.
- Make sure to leave your name, phone number, and the time you can be reached, when leaving a message at the site for the Site Coordinator.
America Reads! Tutors are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts on a regular basis with their Site Coordinators, their AmeriCorps*VISTA member, and their campus directors. Keeping the lines of communication open helps to diffuse tensions before those tensions become problems!