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A Teacher’s Guide to AARP Foundation Experience Corps

Thank you for welcoming Experience Corps into your school for the 2019-2020 school year! We look forward to providing a supplemental literacy support and fostering mentoring relationships that will help your students thrive.

Our goal is to continue to offer you a high-quality program that is rooted in best practices in literacy tutoring and mentoring, with positive and consistent support from our trained volunteers. We’re committed to helping students become fluent readers and have reworked our approach to tutoring sessions with a method that is informed by rigorous studies. Our goal is to supplement your literacy work. We have also made changes to lessen the requests we have made of teachers in the past.

What you can expect as the host of Experience Corps tutors:

o   One-to-one or small group student support in literacy.

o   Experience Corps program staff oversight of volunteers.

o   Community elder volunteers who commit 6-10 hours/week for an entire school year and who excel at building caring, mentor relationships with your students.

o   All tutoring materials.

o   Volunteers with 20+ hours of training annually in literacy and mentoring best practices.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps in Action

AARP Foundation Experience Corps (EC) engages community members age 50+ to serve as tutors and mentors, helping children learn to read, develop the self-confidence and literacy skills to succeed in school and life. Research shows that Experience Corps boosts student academic performance, helps schools and youth-serving organizations become more successful, strengthens ties between these institutions and surrounding neighborhoods, and enhances the well-being of the members in the process. Visit Experience Corps online at


How it works:

  • We ask classroom teachers work with your school’s literacy lead to identify students who will work with Experience Corps tutors for the year.
  • Students are scheduled for a consistent 30-minute tutoring session at least 2 days per week. Experience Corps site coordinators will work with your school’s Experience Corps liaison to create the tutoring schedule.
  • The tutoring sessions will focus on:
    • Kindergarten: Phonological Awareness, Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness and Sight Words, Beginning Reading
    • Grade 1: Phonemic Awareness, Sight Words, Decodable Texts
    • Grades 1-3: Fluency, Comprehension
  • All tutoring materials are supplied by Experience Corps.
  • Tutoring location has been determined by your school’s Experience Corps liaison.



We are asking teachers to complete 3 online surveys over the course of the year. Links to surveys will be available in this page as due dates approach.

  • By Friday 11/1/19: Complete Pre-tutoring SEL profile for students involved in tutoring
  • By Friday 5/15/20: Complete Post-tutoring SEL profile for students involved in tutoring
  • By Friday 5/15/20: Complete Experience Corps Program Evaluation