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Michigan Reading Corps

Vision

All Michigan children will become proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade.

 

Program Overview

Through a new and strategic effort to combat childhood illiteracy in our state, Heart of West Michigan United Way and Michigan Community Service Commission will place 50 to 75 Michigan Reading Corps (MiRC) members in 25 to 30 schools throughout Michigan in 2013-2014. The MiRC will serve students in grades K-3 who are identified as being at-risk of reading failure.

MiRC leverages the power of community service to improve reading levels and strengthen educational systems in local communities. As a local aliate of the Minnesota Reading Corps (MnRC), this program builds on MnRC’s demonstrated impact on students, schools, AmeriCorps members and communities.

MiRC has identified its program participants as Tier II. These children have the capacity to learn to read at grade level but experience more prolonged, intense, and often permanent literacy struggles and would benefit from timely and eective data-driven interventions.

Over the course of the school year, program participants will receive 20 minutes of one-on-one literacy tutoring five days per week. Reading Corps members will work to isolate a child’s specific skill challenges and tailor their tutoring to eectively build the literacy skills needed by each child. They will provide ongoing support until the child acquires key literacy skills that place him or her on track to achieve proficiency by grade 3, at which time the student will be “exited” from the program. Each member will tutor 25-30 children during the course of the school year.

Heart of West Michigan United Way and the Michigan Community Service Commission are working with the Michigan Department of Education to select between 25 to 30 rural and urban elementary schools that are “priority” or very low performing schools. MiRC will place 2 to 3 Reading Corps members in each one of these schools.

 

Impact

MiRC combines multiple evidence-based practices with system-wide implementation that is focused on getting results - and does so quickly, eectively and at less cost than other existing reading programs. In three years, the MiRC estimates it will grow to provide literacy interventions to 9,000 struggling readers. The anticipated outcome of reading at grade level by grade 3 includes benefits for both the child and the family. Long term it will also save government resources by producing students able to succeed academically and fill jobs that can adequately sustain their families.