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Retired educators needed to help tutor 3rd graders in reading

Retired Teachers and Educators, Page Pals: SOS Needs You!

The City of Birmingham is seeking retired educators and educators with flexible schedules to provide tutoring services to help 3rd grade students improve their reading. 

  • Retired educators and educators with flexible schedules will provide a minimum of one hour per day for in-school reading instruction/tutoring services with Birmingham City Schools 3rd grade students between Feb. 21 and March 22, 2024.
  • Interested candidates can start applying on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024.
  • Retired educators and educators with flexible schedules will be in schools from Feb. 21 – March 22, 2024.  
  • Retired educators and educators with flexible schedules will receive a one-time $500 stipend for their services.


  • Be a retired educator or an educator with a very flexible schedule, and preferably have an English or Language Arts background.
  • Provide a detailed cover letter, expressing your interest to participate in this program.
  • Provide a resume, which includes your phone number and email address.  
  • Provide copies of credentials, i.e., diploma(s), certifications, etc. to verify educator background.
  • Your cover letter, resume and credentials should be addressed to the attention of Cedric Sparks, Sr., the City of Birmingham’s Chief of Staff.
  • Your application packet, which should include your cover letter, resume and copies of your credentials, can be hand-delivered to the Department of Youth Services, which is located at 1608 7th North, Birmingham, AL 35203. You may also email your completed packet to 
  • Please do not submit originals of your resume, diploma, etc., as your packets will not be returned. 
  • Copies will not be made at the Department of Youth Services. 
  • All applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.
  • Successfully pass an interview process and background check. 

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Questions? Call 205-320-0879.  


Page Pals: SOS

Mayor Randall L. Woodfin is committed to the mission of ensuring that all 3rd grade students in Birmingham read on grade level. With that commitment in mind, the City of Birmingham is launching a citywide call for 200 educators, who are retired or have a very flexible schedule, to participate in a new component of the Page Pals reading intervention program. This initiative is known as Page Pals: SOS, which will consist of four weeks of focused reading tutoring services for 3rd grade students in Birmingham City Schools.

The City is seeking applications from qualified retired educators and/or educators with very flexible schedules to provide in-school reading tutoring services to Birmingham 3rd grade students ahead of the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP), which will take place in April 2024. The 200 selected educators will tutor 3rd grade students in reading over a four-week period. Upon completion of the four-week period, all participating educators will receive a stipend for their commitment to the mission of increasing the literacy rates of our next generation.

Key Dates

Applications Open: Friday, Feb. 9, 2024

Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024

Screening & Scheduling: Tuesday, Feb.13, 2024

Interviews & Selection: Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 14 – 15, 2024

Orientation & Placement Assignments: Monday, Feb. 19, 2024

Implementation in Schools: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 – Friday, March 22, 2024