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Education Focus Area Project

Education Focus Area Project

Education Focus Area Project

What do Members serving in the Education Focus Area actually do?

Remember, AmeriCorps service is divided into two categories: Direct Service and Member Development. Below, you’ll find several examples of each.

Direct Service activities include tutoring*, mentoring, academic enrichment activities, service-learning, classroom instruction, literacy programs and extended day activities for K-12 students.  All Members must serve the same group of K-12 students for a minimum of 300 hours.

*Tutoring projects must meet specific criteria. Click here to learn more.

Member Development activities include attending professional training and development directed at improving education skills; attending teacher education classes that provide added skills/knowledge for Direct Service Activities; participating in instruction-based faculty/peer meetings; peer training; filling out timesheets related to the program, and much more.

Where do these Members serve?


Members can serve in a K-12 public school so long as the school meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Title 1 status 
  • Free and Reduced Lunch percentages greater than or equal to 50%
  • Statewide Academic Assessment Tests (low or unsatisfactory rating)


Teacher Education Students may qualify separately from the site placement criteria if they focus their service (as identified through their academic program) on an on area of critical teacher shortage for K-12 public schools. These areas are Special Education or ESL/Bilingual Education.

How will I know if my service is improving academic engagement (increasing activity completion, student participation and retention)?


Each month, all Members must track:

  • The number of K-12 Students who began the education program specific to the Member’s service project 
  • The number of K-12 students retained in that education program
  • The Member positively impacted activity/assignment completion for K-12 students*
  • The Member’s participation in the classroom/activity increased student participation and retention* 


*Based on Site Supervisor’s observation


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