Share Your Passion for Reading

Help students become skilled readers who love great books.

Share Your Passion for Reading

Help students become skilled readers who love great books.

Share Your Passion for Reading

Help students become skilled readers who love great books.

Teach Reading Classes This Summer

Real-World Teaching Experience

Professional Training & Support

Competitive Compensation 

Make a lasting impact on students while developing your teaching skills! We give our teachers the opportunity to lead their own classroom. In one summer, you’ll gain over 400 hours of experience teaching students ranging from 4-year-olds to adults.

Our paid training program provides the classroom management skills, curriculum, and knowledge of reading development you’ll need to teach students of all ages. After training, you’ll get ongoing support throughout the summer.

Teaching reading classes is challenging work, but also fun and rewarding. In addition to the extensive teacher training and valuable classroom experience you’ll receive, you can expect to earn between $6500-$9500 over the summer.

Real-World Teaching Experience

Make a lasting impact on students while developing your teaching skills! We give our teachers the opportunity to lead their own classroom. In one summer, you’ll gain over 400 hours of experience teaching students ranging from 4-year-olds to adults.

Professional Training & Support

Our paid training program provides the classroom management skills, curriculum, and knowledge of reading development you’ll need to teach students of all ages. After training, you’ll get ongoing support throughout the summer.

Competitive Compensation 

Teaching reading classes is challenging work, but also fun and rewarding. In addition to the extensive teacher training and valuable classroom experience you’ll receive, you can expect to earn between $6500-$9500 over the summer.

Who We Are

The Institute of Reading Development is a nationwide leader in reading skills programs, dedicated to teaching the right reading skills and providing our students with great experiences in great books.

Since 1970, we have taught over 2 million students across the United States. Our mission is to inspire a lifelong love of reading in every student.

Who We Are

The Institute of Reading Development is a nationwide leader in reading skills programs, dedicated to teaching the right reading skills and providing our students with great experiences in great books.

Since 1970, we have taught over 2 million students across the United States. Our mission is to inspire a lifelong love of reading in every student.

We Hire Teachers Who…

Love to Read

Institute instructors understand first-hand the power of getting absorbed in great books.  By teaching the right reading skills and projecting enthusiasm for reading in the classroom, our teachers help students learn to love books, too.  

Lead with Confidence

Institute instructors take the initiative in working with students and parents. Our teachers actively help students in the classroom and seek out opportunities to initiate conversations with parents before and after class.

Show Warmth & Support

Institute instructors make students and parents feel welcome in the classroom. They provide concrete guidance and support, encouraging students to ask questions, practice new skills, and participate actively in discussions.

 

Work Hard

Institute instructors embrace hard work and take ownership of all aspects of the job. They reflect on their own work and strive to improve. Our teachers ask their students to work hard and expect results because they lead by example.

Communicate Effectively

Institute instructors have the intellectual capacity to learn our program curriculum and then implement it successfully with students in their classroom. They are able to describe program goals clearly, give concrete explanations of all classroom activities, direct students with authority, and lead thoughtful discussions.

Love to Read

Institute instructors understand first-hand the power of getting absorbed in great books.  By teaching the right reading skills and projecting enthusiasm for reading in the classroom, our teachers help students learn to love books, too.

Lead with Confidence

Institute instructors take the initiative in working with students and parents. Our teachers actively help students in the classroom and seek out opportunities to initiate conversations with parents before and after class.

Show Warmth & Support

Institute instructors make students and parents feel welcome in the classroom. They provide concrete guidance and support, encouraging students to ask questions, practice new skills, and participate actively in discussions.

 

Work Hard

Institute instructors embrace hard work and take ownership of all aspects of the job. They reflect on their own work and strive to improve. Our teachers ask their students to work hard and expect results because they lead by example.

Communicate Effectively

Institute instructors have the intellectual capacity to learn our program curriculum and then implement it successfully with students in their classroom. They are able to describe program goals clearly, give concrete explanations of all classroom activities, direct students with authority, and lead thoughtful discussions.

Our Summer Programs Make A
BIG DIFFERENCE

In our Summer Reading Skills Programs you’ll teach students valuable skills that make reading easier and more enjoyable and set them up for academic success.

For each program, we select age-appropriate books with the power to engage the imagination and the heart and make a lasting impact on students. By providing great experiences with these great books, you’ll help your students grow into lifelong readers.

Our Summer Programs Make A

BIG DIFFERENCE

In our Summer Reading Skills Programs you’ll teach students valuable skills that make reading easier and more enjoyable and set them up for academic success.

For each program, we select age-appropriate books with the power to engage the imagination and the heart and make a lasting impact on students. By providing great experiences with these great books, you’ll help your students grow into lifelong readers.

Work With Students Of All Ages

Our teachers work with students ranging in age from 4 years old through adulthood.

4-Year-Olds & Entering Kindergartners

In this fun summer program, children learn to read. They learn letter recognition, beginning phonics, and easy sight words.

Entering 1st Graders

In this program, students learn to read independently. Children learn phonics and sight words, build comprehension, and gain the skills and confidence needed for success in first grade.

Entering 2nd Graders

Students in this program become fluent independent readers. Children make significant gains in phonics and word-attack skills, fluency, and comprehension, and develop confidence and a love of reading.

Entering 3rd Graders

In this program, students become strong independent readers. Children develop the comprehension, fluency, and long-word decoding skills needed to read longer books with ease, building their confidence.

Entering 4th Graders

In this program, students make substantial gains in comprehension, long-word decoding skills, fluency, and reading speed. Children become stronger, more enthusiastic readers and are set up to succeed in fourth grade.

Entering 5th Graders

Students in this program improve their reading skills in both fiction and nonfiction. Children make noticeable gains in comprehension, fluency, and reading speed and become strong, enthusiastic readers who are ready for fifth grade.

Entering 6th-8th Graders

Students in these programs make substantial gains in comprehension while doubling reading speed. They also learn the best way to read textbooks, take notes, and study for tests. As a result, students complete homework more quickly and easily, get better grades, and enjoy reading more.

Entering 9th-11th Graders

Students double reading speed, make substantial gains in comprehension, and learn valuable study skills. These programs offer excellent preparation for the SAT, ACT, and college.

Entering 12th Graders, College Students & Adults

These programs transform adults’ reading skills. Program participants double their reading speed in difficult material and triple their reading speed in easier material, while improving comprehension, concentration, and retention. As a result, they save time and get more out of everything they read.

Work With Students Of All Ages

Our teachers work with students ranging in age from 4 years old through adulthood.

4-Year-Olds & Entering Kindergartners

In this fun summer program, children learn to read. They learn letter recognition, beginning phonics, and easy sight words.

Entering 1st Graders

In this program, students learn to read independently. Children learn phonics and sight words, build comprehension, and gain the skills and confidence needed for success in first grade.

Entering 2nd Graders

Students in this program become fluent independent readers. Children make significant gains in phonics and word-attack skills, fluency, and comprehension, and develop confidence and a love of reading.

Entering 3rd Graders

In this program, students become strong independent readers. Children develop the comprehension, fluency, and long-word decoding skills needed to read longer books with ease, building their confidence.

Entering 4th Graders

In this program, students make substantial gains in comprehension, long-word decoding skills, fluency, and reading speed. Children become stronger, more enthusiastic readers and are set up to succeed in fourth grade.

Entering 5th Graders

Students in this program improve their reading skills in both fiction and nonfiction. Children make noticeable gains in comprehension, fluency, and reading speed and become strong, enthusiastic readers who are ready for fifth grade.

Entering 6th-8th Graders

Students in these programs make substantial gains in comprehension while doubling reading speed. They also learn the best way to read textbooks, take notes, and study for tests. As a result, students complete homework more quickly and easily, get better grades, and enjoy reading more.

Entering 9th-11th Graders

Students double reading speed, make substantial gains in comprehension, and learn valuable study skills. These programs offer excellent preparation for the SAT, ACT, and college.

Entering 12th Graders, College Students & Adults

These programs transform adults’ reading skills. Program participants double their reading speed in difficult material and triple their reading speed in easier material, while improving comprehension, concentration, and retention. As a result, they save time and get more out of everything they read.

Become A More Effective Teacher

Teacher Training

Whether you are a veteran teacher or just beginning your career, our paid, comprehensive training program will improve your teaching skills and confidence. This is a full-time training program that lasts for 18 days.  You must be free of other obligations in order to participate.  In total, you’ll receive over 125 hours of training on our curriculum, teaching techniques, and classroom management strategies. You’ll be fully prepared to teach all of our programs!

Ongoing Supervision

During the teaching term, you’ll participate in weekly individual video conferences with your supervisor. In these meetings, your supervisor will give you support and guidance and help you stay focused on program objectives. You’ll also be able to email or call your supervisor directly with questions that arise during the week.

Teacher Training

Whether you are a veteran teacher or just beginning your career, our paid, comprehensive training program will improve your teaching skills and confidence. This is a full-time training program that lasts for 18 days.  You must be free of other obligations in order to participate.  In total, you’ll receive over 125 hours of training on our curriculum, teaching techniques, and classroom management strategies. You’ll be fully prepared to teach all of our programs!

Ongoing Supervision

During the teaching term, you’ll participate in weekly individual video conferences with your supervisor. In these meetings, your supervisor will give you support and guidance and help you stay focused on program objectives. You’ll also be able to email or call your supervisor directly with questions that arise during the week.

“Hands down what I enjoyed most this summer was my students. I interacted with and educated such a diverse group of students. It was extremely rewarding to see the progress they made. Coming in at a close second, I also enjoyed the progress I made as an educator.”

Courtney

Institute Instructor in Houston, TX

“I had a fantastic summer with the Institute that gave me great teaching experience and pushed me to bring my all every day. I have learned an incredible amount in the classroom about myself as a person and as a teacher.”

Olivia

Institute Instructor in Miami, FL

“Teaching for the Institute was the first time that I’ve had any real classroom experience, and it has solidified that this is something that I want to pursue. Just being in the classroom with the students was what I enjoyed most about teaching this summer.”

Matthew

Institute Instructor in Seattle, WA

“Hands down what I enjoyed most this summer was my students. I interacted with and educated such a diverse group of students. It was extremely rewarding to see the progress they made. Coming in at a close second, I also enjoyed the progress I made as an educator.”

Courtney

Institute Instructor in Houston, TX

“I had a fantastic summer with the Institute that gave me great teaching experience and pushed me to bring my all every day. I have learned an incredible amount in the classroom about myself as a person and as a teacher.”

Olivia

Institute Instructor in Miami, FL

“Teaching for the Institute was the first time that I’ve had any real classroom experience, and it has solidified that this is something that I want to pursue. Just being in the classroom with the students was what I enjoyed most about teaching this summer.”

Matthew

Institute Instructor in Seattle, WA

Summer Teaching Jobs Available Nationwide

Our comprehensive training program will hone your teaching skills and confidence.  You’ll receive competitive pay and gain over 400 hours of teaching experience.
Best of all, you’ll make a lasting impact on your students.

In order to apply for a teaching job you must have:

  • A completed undergraduate degree (min. 3.0 GPA) before teaching begins
  • Full-time use of a reliable car throughout the summer
  • A computer with a webcam for participating in video meetings
  • Minimal or no scheduling conflicts during the training and teaching season

Make An Impact This Summer

Select your summer location to apply for a teaching job in your area. You’ll learn more about compensation, training and teaching schedules, and class locations on the next page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Institute of Reading Development?

The Institute of Reading Development is a nationwide leader in reading skills programs. Since 1970, we’ve been dedicated to teaching the right reading skills and providing our students with great experiences in great books. Our mission is to inspire a lifelong love of reading in every student. You can learn more about our story here.

Do I need a teaching degree or certificate to teach these programs?

We do not require our summer teachers to be certified. Our hiring, training, and supervision process, which we’ve developed and continuously improved over decades, allows us to find and hire intelligent individuals with a passion for reading and train them to effectively deliver our curriculum. Ongoing supervision and support throughout the summer ensures that our teachers succeed. 

Although we do not require teaching certification, we do require all of our teachers to complete an undergraduate degree in any discipline before they teach our summer programs. The parents of our students expect that their summer reading teacher will have a strong academic background with a bachelor’s degree at minimum, in addition to a love of books and reading.

Why do you require a 3.0 GPA to teach for the Institute?

The parents of our students and our partner institutions expect Institute teachers to have strong academic backgrounds. Our educational partners want to be sure that they are offering high-quality programs led by skilled teachers to the families in their communities. We always keep in mind that we must uphold the reputations of our partner institutions, as well as our own, in all of our work.

The teachers we hire learn and retain a lot of information about reading development and our curriculum in a short amount of time.  Our comprehensive teacher training program involves intensive reading, independent study, and modeling lessons. We find that previous academic performance is a strong indicator of whether or not a teacher will succeed in training, and then go on to do well in the classroom.

Where are the reading classes held?

The Institute is able to offer its summer reading programs in many regions nationwide through its partnerships with over 100 colleges, universities, and other educational institutions. Our partners contract with us to provide reading programs in their local communities, usually through their continuing education departments. 

The mission of continuing education departments is to provide services to students of all ages in the larger area in which they operate, not just to students on college campuses.  For this reason, we hold classes at a variety of teaching sites in each region, based on their convenience for local families who enroll in our summer programs.

Typical teaching sites include high schools or elementary schools, churches and community centers, as well as college campuses. If you teach for us, your weekly schedule will involve driving to different sites within your region.

What is a typical teaching schedule like?

In addition to holding classes at convenient locations, we also schedule our classes for days and times that work best for the most families. Even during the summer, weekends work well for many families, so Saturdays and Sundays are very popular days for our classes. If hired, you should expect to teach on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our summer reading teachers work full-time (35-42 hours per week), typically teaching 11-13 classes distributed over 4-5 days per week (including Saturdays and Sundays). You will have at least 2 days off each week. Your work week will include teaching reading classes, commuting, lesson preparation, data entry, and meetings with your supervisor. Our teachers work hard and get a lot of valuable classroom experience in the process.

You can expect to teach 11-13 different reading programs during each of our two teaching terms – early summer and late summer. This means that by the end of the summer you will have taught a total of 22-26 reading programs.  Most of our teachers end up working with all of the age groups (4-year-olds through adults) for whom we offer reading instruction at some point during the summer.

How will you prepare me to teach different age groups?

We train Institute instructors to teach all of our programs, rather than requiring them to specialize in just a few grade levels. That way, whenever one of our teachers travels to a teaching site, he or she is able to teach all Institute classes offered at that site. 

We hire people who are genuinely interested in learning how to teach students of all ages and we set them up to succeed. No matter your experience level with different age groups, our comprehensive, paid training program will give you the knowledge and tools you need to effectively teach reading skills to all students.

New teacher training lasts for 18 days and you must be free of all other obligations in order to participate. During training you’ll learn our complete curriculum, plus age-appropriate teaching techniques and classroom management strategies.

Why do I need a car to teach these programs?

Our teachers commute throughout the week to different teaching sites within their region, chosen for the convenience of local families who enroll in summer reading programs. These sites are usually far enough from one another, and from the teacher’s home, to require the use of a car.

Teachers also bring books and materials to their teaching sites for students. This makes having a car a necessity, even in urban areas with good transportation systems.

What if I have a conflict with the listed training or teaching dates for the region where I’m applying?

Training: In order to teach classes this summer you would need to complete the entire training program. With that said, we are as flexible as we can be in working around training conflicts, and trainees can make up some missed training working independently. We encourage you to apply and be thorough about detailing conflicts with the training schedule while filling out the application.

Teaching: We are looking for reliable teachers who will be there for students and their parents. Our educational partners and the families enrolled in our programs expect consistency of instruction. During each teaching term, students only see their reading teacher once per week for five weeks. Establishing a great relationship with students in a short amount of time requires teachers to be present. The more familiar students are with their teacher, the more motivated they will be to do their work in class.

If you have conflicts with the summer teaching dates, you may still apply for a position, but understand that our teaching positions are a full-time summer commitment, and we aren’t always able to accommodate teachers’ other obligations.

My current city isn’t listed as a teaching region – can I still apply?

Yes, simply choose the teaching region that is closest geographically to the city or town where you will be living this summer and submit an application to that region.  Teaching regions are often large and include many surrounding cities and towns.

What happens after the summer?

Our summer teaching positions are seasonal. Many of our teachers use their summer experience with the Institute as a bridge to another employment opportunity in the fall. Others find that the seasonal nature of the job fits into their current situation quite well and decide to come back summer after summer.

Successful summer teachers may also be invited to apply for a limited number of fall teaching positions, including our in-person college study skills programs and online Literature programs.  Other people move on to full-time employment with the Institute in teacher supervision, operations, or elsewhere. To learn more about our organization, click here.

The best way to see if working for the Institute is the right fit for you is to teach for us.

What is the application deadline?

We are already interviewing teaching candidates in all regions, so please submit your application as soon as possible. We do not have an official application deadline for summer 2019. We will continue reviewing applications until we fill all available teaching positions in each region. Submit your application today for the best chance of being considered.

Teach Reading Classes This Summer

Teach Reading Classes This Summer