More tutors next year at Roseville elementary schools

Joshua Nielsen
Review staff

Roseville Area Schools Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Jake Von De Linde said the district wants to build on the success it has seen from adding Reading Corps tutors in 2011 at Brimhall Elementary and this year at Emmet D. Williams and Edgerton Elementary Schools.

“Teachers have said anecdotally what a difference the reading tutors in their classrooms have made and that’s why we want to scale it up with more reading tutors and the addition of math tutors next year,” Von De Linde said.

The number and types of tutors the district’s elementary schools are preparing for are: two full-time and one part-time reading tutor at Brimhall; a full-time reading and a full-time math tutor at Central Park; two part-time reading tutors and one part-time math tutor at Edgerton; a full-time reading and two part-time math tutors at Emmet D. Williams; two part-time reading tutors at Falcon Heights; and a full-time reading and full-time math tutor at both Harambee and Little Canada Elementary Schools.

Roseville Area Schools will be receiving the reading and math tutors free of charge, thanks to anticipated grants from Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) and Minnesota Math Corps (MMC), which are statewide programs sponsored by AmeriCorps.

Recruitment and Outreach Manager for MRC and MMC Anna Peters said the MRC tutoring program is designed for students in pre-K through third grade, whose reading ability is just below the proficiency rate at their grade level.

“What we’re seeing in Minnesota is one out of five third graders not reading at grade level,” Peters said.

Reading tutors meet with these students one-on-one or in small groups during class, to help increase student’s reading fluency and catch up with the rest of their classmates.

“Generally these are kids who look like they may not be proficient in reading at the beginning of the school year,” Roseville Area Schools Reading and Language Arts Coordinator Chris Bretz said. “What’s great is that most are proficient after tutoring by the end of the year.”

Based on the positive outcomes the district has seen with MRC tutors this year and constructive feedback from other districts about the program, Roseville decided to expand its relationship with MRC and enter into a partnership with MMC to add math tutors next year.

Similar to the MRC program, math tutors with the MMC will work with students one-on-one or in small groups of two to three students, who are just below the proficiency level for their grade.

Unlike the MRC, however, the MMC tutors work with older students in grades four through eight. Peters said the goal is to have all students doing algebra by the time they are in eighth grade. 

Bretz and Von De Linde are optimistic that the district will see the same positive results with the math tutors that they have seen with reading tutors in Roseville Area elementary schools.

Bretz said the students enjoy the one-on-one attention they receive from the tutors, who he said are well trained and eager to really make a difference with kids.

Von De Linde added that there is the added benefit of having a skilled person to help students succeed in learning in the classroom and at no cost to the school.

“The partnership with Reading and Math Corps have been exceptional resources for school districts across the state, especially as budgets remain tight and the goal of having all students becoming proficient in these core subjects remains paramount,” Von Linde wrote in a press release. “The tutoring techniques are research-based and fit well with our overall teaching and learning efforts.” 

Peters said the MRC and MMC are currently recruiting tutors for next school year. Both organizations are looking for 1,000 full and part-time tutors to work on yearlong assignments at schools statewide starting in August.

She said all tutors work onsite alongside teachers and typically put in around 40 hours per week as a full-time tutor and around 20 hours per week as a part-time tutor.

Tutors are paid a modest stipend bi-weekly and additionally receive an education award after one year of completed service of $5,500 (full-time) or $2,775 (part-time). The education award can be used to pay back student loans, the cost of tuition or other educational expenses, according to Peters.

For more information on the MMC or MRC visit their websites at or

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at or 651-748-7824.

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