Be a Reading Coach

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Reading Seed’s vision is that all children in Pima County will read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. It only takes one hour per week to be a volunteer Reading Coach in our traditional schools, and the benefits to students and our community are tremendous.

What is a Reading Coach?

Reading Coaches work with students in kindergarten through fifth grade who are reading below grade level. Their job is to make reading fun so students become independent readers who are excited about what they can learn! We ask that coaches meet weekly to work one-on-one with a minimum of two students for 30 minutes each during the school day for the entire school year.

How do I become a Reading Coach?

If you are able to make a weekly commitment during the school year, please sign up to attend a required 4-hour introductory training. At the training, you’ll learn strategies to keep students engaged and interested, and ways to help them build their vocabulary, comprehension and confidence. Most trainings are taught by Program Director Tamara McKinney and Volunteer Manager Jessica Dennes.

During the training you will be fingerprinted if necessary by a DPS certified contractor, and we will collect the necessary information to complete an internal criminal background check. You’ll also identify the distance you are willing to travel to a school and when you will be available during the week to coach.

Click here to register for a training!

What happens after the training?

Following the clearance of your fingerprints and background check, staff will begin your placement at a school in need within the designated distance you are willing to travel. After you’re placed at a school,  you’ll receive a welcome letter from us with contact information for your school’s Site Coordinator and your designated Reading Seed Program Coordinator.

The School Site Coordinator will contact you to orient you to the school before you begin coaching, and Reading Seed will send an additional email with information about the students with whom you’ll be working.

Note: Depending on the school district where you decide to volunteer, the fingerprint clearance process can take up to 8 weeks. Please be patient as the process is completed and feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Please join us in helping the children of Pima County learn to read!