Learning Leaders, Inc.
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
Learning Leaders will implement the first-ever replication of the Minnesota Reading Corps, a proven AmeriCorps literacy tutoring model. 40 full-time AmeriCorps members in the Learning Leaders Reading Corps (LLRC) will deliver highly individualized, research-based literacy tutoring accompanied by direct, frequent, and continuous performance assessments to bring young students at risk of illiteracy up to reading proficiency. Each AmeriCorps member will work one-on-one with 25-30 students in grades K-3 at targeted elementary schools in New York City's South Bronx and Washington Heights neighborhoods, which have high levels of poverty and school failure, and large immigrant populations. The LLRC will target children who are not meeting standards for reading proficiency but whose scores are not low enough to qualify them for mandatory assistance. 70% of participating students will improve their academic performance, as shown by pre- and post-testing.