The Literacy Council trains Augustine Project volunteers to tutor low-income children who read, write or spell below grade level. In the past, tutors have been required to complete two weeks of face-to-face training, which created a barrier for many interested volunteers.
To make the tutoring experience more accessible, we are piloting a Hybrid Training Model. This new training only requires 16 hours of face-to-face pre-service training. To ensure that Hybrid Training Model volunteers are still fully prepared to tutor struggling young readers, the additional training content is delivered online and through follow-up lesson observations.
The Hybrid Training Model will be offered for the first time November 11-12 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Literacy Council. Approximately 10 hours of online instruction will be required before attending.
- the essential elements of reading instruction
- current brain research on dyslexia
- the impact of poverty on literacy
- syllable types in the English language
- multisensory learning and the Wilson Reading System
Qualities of a Great Tutor
- can make a school-year commitment of providing two 50-minute lessons per week
- have patience and an open mind
- are sensitive to cultural and learning differences
- have a GED or high school diploma
- are willing to undergo a background check