Reading Power Tutor FAQs

Where will I be tutoring?

Reading Power operates in two elementary schools in North Chicago, Illinois: 
Forrestal and North Schools and in one school in Zion, Illinois: Beulah Park. Click for more information. Our new prekindergarten program operates at the Greenbay Early Childhood Center in North Chicago.

How many other tutors will be at my school?

There are five to ten tutors assigned to each school during each tutoring session. 

How will I know what to teach?

There are very structured curricula, and you will be trained to use it. When you arrive to tutor, a lesson plan prepared by yesterday’s tutor awaits you. You will learn how to fill in a lesson plan for tomorrow’s tutor. The prekindergarten program does not involve a written lesson plan. Your Site Coordinator will advise you. All Reading Power programs include daily training.

What kinds of activities are included in the lesson plan?

First and second graders read several leveled books, write, and play some brief 'word work' games during each session. Kindergarten students are read to, learn to write their names, write in their journals, play some brief literacy games, and read poetry. 

What safety measures are taken?

Tutors will undergo a background check. They will wear an identifying Reading Power name tag while at the school and will sign in and out at the school office. 
Click here to view our Whistle Blower Policy.

Where do I park?

Parking is available on the street or in the school parking lots and requires no sticker. 

What if I can’t commit to being a full-time tutor but still want to help?

Our students deserve to have the finest tutoring we can provide, so we only accept tutors who can commit to coming weekly. 

If you want to offer administrative or technical skills, please complete the application and indicate your interests. 


Since everyone cannot contribute his or her valuable time, we encourage you to make a financial contribution.

Thank you for your interest in Reading Power!

"I tutor at Forrrestal Elementary School.

I look forward to seeing the children and miss their smiling faces when I can't be with them.

It is amazing to see the reading progress week after week. The classroom teachers work hard teaching students the fundamentals in reading.

Reading Power is another opportunity for students to become better readers and find joy in reading."

–Melissa Swortzel, tutor