Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
For Corps Member Applicants
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Our partner school districts will work with applicants to match them to the specific schools that have been selected for the program. This will take place in August as part of the final hiring process with the school systems.
Individuals can sign-up for notifications for PSUs whose applications aren’t live yet. Just click “sign-up for notifications,” fill out the simple form, and NC Education Corps will send you an email notifying you when your chosen PSU is live.
Yes, the six-month “waiting period” requirement would apply to any retiree under the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS) who participates in this part-time work. G.S. 135-1(20), defining “Retirement” for TSERS, provides in pertinent part: “In order for a member's retirement to become effective in any month, the member must perform no work for an employer, including part-time, temporary, substitute, or contractor work, at any time during the six months immediately following the effective date of retirement.” This definition applies to part-time workers you may employ in the future for the NC Education Corps program.
Partner schools set hourly rates beginning at $13.15/hour. They will compensate corps members with a living wage for their valuable time serving students and schools.
All benefits including healthcare are determined by the participating partner schools in accordance with their policies.
Corps members are hired by PSUs and typically work part-time (PT) at either 10-15 or 29 hours/week.
In the application to join NCEC, PSUs identify how many corps members and the hours of service needed.
College students are typically available for the 10-15 hours/week positions. PSUs need to offer flexibility, building tutoring schedules that work with teachers' instructional schedules as well as corps member semester class schedule.
Older adults and retirees are better suited to work 20-29 hours/week.
PSUs are encouraged to offer full-time (FT) 40-hour/week positions to attract and keep top talent. In our experience, the most impressive and impactful candidates desire FT employment. These candidates are also easier to retain.
Coming soon: In 2022-2023 corps member roles will expand to include volunteer coordination. These corps members will recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers who have 3-4 hours/week available to serve as literacy tutors. This will turbocharge progress toward a future where every K-3 student has access to a high-quality literacy tutor.
As part of the recruitment process, NCEC and the PSU work together to craft a job description that includes a typical weekly schedule tailored to the corps member’s part-time/full-time status. This gives schools and applicants a clear understanding of how the hours are distributed throughout the week.
Each school works directly with new corps members to create a schedule that meets students’ academic needs for tutoring, given the agreed-upon hours per week. For part-time hires, we’ve found that schools that offer flexibility and work with the corps members’ scheduling constraints have had more success recruiting and retaining talented corps members.
Corps members work as employees of partner PSUs from late September through mid-May. During this time, corps members are supported and participate in NCEC professional development provided by the NCEC team, including a group of instructional support coaches.
Corps Member Experience
NC Education Corps will stay connected to applicants throughout the hiring process and equip corps members with excellent cohort-based training, networking opportunities, professional development, and ongoing support. Partner schools will hire and onboard corps members, compensate corps members, and provide day-to-day support.
This will be determined by the individual school but tutors will not work with more than three students at a time.
Corps members work directly with school-based reading coaches/specialists to administer tutoring sessions with K-3 students on a 1:1 or small group basis. Tutoring sessions focus on phonics and phonemic awareness and reinforce literacy skills introduced by teachers. All tutoring is aligned with state-level standards and grounded in the science of reading and reading instruction.
Corps members work consistently with the same students over the course of a school year, corps members can build strong relationships with students, modeling and nurturing effective social and emotional skills and supporting academic growth.
In 2022-2023 we anticipate adding a new corps member position: tutor coordinator. Corps members serving as tutor coordinators will recruit, train, and coordinate local volunteers to serve as literacy tutors 3-4 hours a week.