Literacy Partners FAQ

Q. What is a Reading Clinic?

A. Supporting MNPS Literacy initiatives is a priority for PENCIL, first and foremost through Reading Clinic schools.

The MNPS Reading Clinics, developed by Dr. Tammy Lipsey, the MNPS Literacy Director, serve as a place where volunteers provide intensive, individualized, one-to-one tutoring using instructional strategies proven by researchers to promote reading gain. Students selected for the program are performing two or more reading levels below their peers and could benefit from additional one-on-one support. As part of the Reading Clinic model, students receive two 30-minute weekly sessions. The MNPS Reading Clinic Coordinator provides a 90-minute required training for volunteers. During this training, volunteers learn the model, which is a five-step approach


Q. What is the time commitment for a volunteer?

A. Volunteers are asked to commit to one 30-minute weekly session for at least 8 sessions. Students in the Reading Clinic are seen twice each week, but typically by two different volunteers. 


Q. What are the available times?

A. Reading Clinics are open during school hours Monday – Thursday. For elementary schools, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and for middle schools, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Volunteers can provide a few times and days that will work for their schedule and the Reading Clinic Coordinators will work to match a student with your top availability.


Q. I want to volunteer, but I have concerns about the weekly commitment. Can I still get involved?

A. Yes! If you know ahead of time you will only miss one or two sessions, we can certainly work with that. Consistency is key in this program so we cannot allow for too many missed sessions. Volunteers also have the option to pair with a co-worker or friend to share a time slot and student. This way, there is always someone guaranteed to meet with the student.


Q. How do I register for a training?

A. You can register for a training here. For assistance please call (615) 242-3167 x231.


Q. How do I complete my background check?

A. Background checks are completed online here. For assistance please call (615) 242-3167 x231.