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Public schools in Burke County are benefiting from the NC Education Corps, a state program established in 2020 in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education throughout North Carolina.
BCPS is working to recruit 44 new part-time literacy tutors to help local K-3 students recover from learning loss suffered during the pandemic. According to BCPS public relations manager Cheryl Shuffler, the initiative will work alongside a tutoring program launched in the past school year to rehire retired teachers and substitute teachers as tutors in the district.
According to the BCPS administration, some of the tutors rehired last year will fill some of the 44 spots in the new NC Ed Corps program. These tutors will provide intensive literacy tutoring to students from Kindergarten to Grade 3. Last year’s tutoring program will continue alongside the new initiative to provide remedial lessons in other subjects and support students in other grades.
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BCPS Superintendent Mike Swan said the two programs will work together to provide the additional help and support students need to recover from learning loss suffered during the pandemic.
“The state and DPI agree with us on the need for student-centered programs and interrupted learning,” he said. “We have just successfully completed a summer reading program in elementary school and an enrichment program for other grades. We will continue to provide comprehensive support for the child, integrate interventions into the regular school day and offer various tutoring opportunities. We are grateful to the state and NC Education Corps for the training and support they will provide through this high-impact tutoring program.
Launched in 2020 by the State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office, the NC Education Corps seeks to give every student in kindergarten through third grade access to a high-impact literacy tutor. To accomplish this, the corps provides a centralized application process and training program for tutors to maximize their effectiveness in the classroom.
According to Swan, all NC Education Corps tutors will receive two weeks of online reading and literacy training that must be completed two weeks before beginning their new positions.
While NC Education Corps will provide the district with training for new tutors, they will still be paid through the district. ESSER (Emergency aid for elementary and secondary schools) funds. According to Shuffler, the district’s goal is to put tutors in every school and give principals and teachers the freedom to use those tutors in a way that maximizes their impact.
“(Tutors) will work directly with students on academic goals,” she said. “Teachers and principals regularly assess students and their progress towards academic goals and those who do not meet their literacy level standards will be selected to participate in this high-impact literacy tutoring.”
According to the NC Education Corps website, high-impact literacy tutoring positions are designed for entrepreneurs, stay-at-home parents, retirees, students, and people who work full-time or part-time with flexible hours who want to make an impact on students and earn some extra money. Positions will pay $15 per hour for tutors without a teaching certificate and $25 per hour for tutors with a teaching certificate.
Tutors currently working at Burke County schools will need to reapply and receive NC Ed Corps training, but will not need to repeat the pre-employment process.
For more information or to apply to be a part-time literacy tutor, visit https://tinyurl.com/5n6y7mv8.
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