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Data Shows Minnesota Reading Corps is Equal to an Extra Half Year of Schooling

An independent study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago recently showed that Minnesota Reading Corps students are accelerating their growth at a rate that would not happen without participating in the Reading Corps program. Data show that students being tutored in reading for 20 minutes a day, every day school is in session, equates to an extra half to full year of schooling. … Continue reading Data Shows Minnesota Reading Corps is Equal to an Extra Half Year of Schooling

Sandy Pulles and Kendra Halbert

Serving as a Scholar Coach Has Changed Her Life — and Her Daughter’s Life

By Shayla Thiel Stern Kendra Halbert of Minneapolis had several different professional titles before she joined AmeriCorps, and none of them seemed to fit: Nurse assistant, retail associate, restaurant server, manufacturing line assembly worker. But when she joined the Total Learning Classroom program at Sojourner Truth Academy in North Minneapolis, she found a title with a perfect fit: Scholar Coach. “I just fell in love … Continue reading Serving as a Scholar Coach Has Changed Her Life — and Her Daughter’s Life

Rachael Snavely

Minnesota Reading Corps Changed This Tutor’s Life

By Erika Ayn Finch What started out as a way to put food on the table turned into a life-changing experience for Rachael Snavely. After years of working in fast-food, Rachael found herself without a job after a company-wide layoff. A friend suggested she apply to serve with Minnesota Reading Corps, which seemed like a stretch to Rachael. Though she had taught herself to read … Continue reading Minnesota Reading Corps Changed This Tutor’s Life

John Kidd and children in Reading Corps

Recent Retiree Honors Wife’s Memory Through Service

By Erika Ayn Finch When John Kidd retired from product development in the athletics industry in January 2016, he was thinking about his wife. Kathleen Kidd passed away in 2015. She had spent 22 years assisting the education staff at Kaposia Education Center in South St. Paul. “I wanted to see what she saw day to day, walk the same halls she walked,” says John. … Continue reading Recent Retiree Honors Wife’s Memory Through Service