Building active, confident young readers.
The Augustine Project seeks to improve the academic achievement and thereby the self esteem of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The project trains tutors who provide these students free, 1-on-1, long-term, instruction in reading, writing and spelling. Tutoring usually takes place 2-3 times a week at the child’s school during the school day if teachers and administrators are amenable. Alternate tutoring sites may include after school programs. Lessons last about 50 minutes.
Augustine Project tutors receive 70 hours of training in how to provide research-based reading instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, spelling & written expression. The training is Orton-Gillingham based, emphasizing the importance of direct instruction, engaging all the senses in learning, and presenting information in a structured, sequential format targeting the student’s individual needs. Wilson Reading System® materials help guide the lesson planning process.
Becoming a Volunteer Tutor
Individuals who are interested in learning more about becoming an Augustine tutor should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 254-3442 x 204 to reserve a space in an upcoming orientation.
Orientation meetings will be held in the spring of 2013 on May 14th 5:30pm -7:30pm and on May 20th 9:00am- 11:00am at the LCBC office. Prospective tutors must attend orientation prior to signing up for training. The two week training will be held 8:am-5:pm Monday through Thursday 7/ 29, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1 and 8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8- 2013. Full details will be discussed at the orientation meetings. To place your name on our list to be notified of upcoming orienations for the Augustine Project, e-mail email@example.com.
“It almost brought us to tears to watch one student sitting on the edge of his seat, fully engrossed in the task at hand. It was like you could see the light bulbs going off in his head. You could almost read his thoughts, ‘I’m reading! I’m reading! I can do this!’” - Julie Thomas, 2010 Augustine Project volunteer tutor trainee.
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Want to help us spread the word? Click here for a printable overview of the Asheville Augustine Project.
To read the Augustine 2011-2012 report Click here
Referring a Student
Students are referred to the program by parents, guardians, teachers, school counselors, EC teachers, and psychologists. To receive services a student must qualify for free or reduced lunches through the schools, be in 1st-12th grade, and be performing below grade level in reading, writing or spelling. It is not necessary that the student have an IEP to qualify for a tutor. The director maintains a waiting list of eligible students. If you would like to recommend a student for services, please email Lily@litcouncil.com or call (828) 254-3442 x. 202. Click here for referral form. Click here for Spanish version.
This program is an offical replication of the The Augustine Project based at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, NC. For more information, contact our Augustine Program Director.