Education Corps partners with Chatham Schools to recruit, train, support high-impact tutors

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PITTSBORO — Chatham County Schools is partnering with North Carolina Education Corps (NCEC) to accelerate learning for young readers through high-impact tutoring. Applications are open for anyone interested in pursuing a paid part-time opportunity to support elementary school students as a literacy tutor.

Qualified candidates may include college students, recent graduates, parents, community members, and former educators who have flexible schedules (weekly time commitment: three days and a minimum of 10 to 15 hours in the classroom) and a desire to make a difference in the public school system.

Visit www.nceducationcorps.org/application to apply for a tutoring position.

In partnership with Chatham County Schools, NCEC will train tutors to provide effective support for students using evidence-based practices. Tutors are employed directly by the school district , with a commitment to serve for the 2022-23 school year.

Launched in September 2020 as a partnership among the North Carolina State Board of Education, the Office of the Governor, and local school systems, NCEC was established to help extend the reach of teachers to fill critical learning gaps.

As members of the NCEC, tutors work with one to three students at a time in kindergarten through third-grade levels to improve their foundational reading skills and expand teacher capacity.

“NCEC has a proven track record of elevating student performance in reading,” said Dr. Amanda Moran, Chatham County Schools assistant superintendent for Academic Services and Instructional Support. “This partnership will help bolster continued academic growth for some of our youngest students. We are excited to see the progress of our students as a result of this high-impact tutoring model.”

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, just 36% of North Carolina’s 4th-graders were reading at grade level. Test results from the past two years show young readers in North Carolina falling further behind, due to lost instructional time and other stressors.

This widening gap highlights the critical opportunity to step up and accelerate learning for students through high-impact tutoring.

“North Carolinians are coming together to accelerate learning recovery in the wake of the pandemic,” said NCEC Executive Director John-Paul Smith. “They are coming together to close education opportunity gaps that have been around for far too long. We are grateful for the perseverance and spirit of hardworking, service-minded people across the state, and we invite North Carolina residents to step up to give teachers and students the critical help they deserve.”

In addition to the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction, NCEC is also supported by public-private partners, including the C.D. Spangler Foundation, Mebane Foundation, Goodnight Educational Foundation, SECU Foundation, and the North Carolina General Assembly, and North Carolina governor’s office

For more information about North Carolina Education Corps or to apply for a high-dosage tutoring position in a school district near you, visit http://nceducationcorps.org.

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