Augustine Project Tutors Needed


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31 College Place. Building B. Suite 221Asheville, NC 28801
Augustine Tutoring


The Augustine Project works with low-income K-12 students who are reading, writing, and/or spelling below grade level. Tutors provide students with free one-on-one phonics instruction twice a week using Orton Gillingham methodology and the Wilson Reading System. The Literacy Council traditionally offers this training once a year, but will be piloting a new hybrid model in the fall.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Augustine Project is 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-to-1, long-term instruction in reading, writing and spelling. The Augustine Training Program is a derivative of Orton-Gillingham, and is a structured, multisensory, phonetic teaching approach that research has proven to work with those who have language related learning difficulties. Lessons use Wilson Reading System materials and include the five essential components of research-based reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

Tutor Training

Literacy Council of Buncombe County tutors receives 39 hours of training before they are assigned an Augustine child. The training includes a practicum during which the trainee evaluates a student, and then teaches five consecutive multi-sensory lessons under the supervision of a practicum tutor. The course is taught by a team of experienced trainers who present such topics as the definition and characteristics of dyslexia; the history and principles of Orton-Gillingham; phonological awareness; phonology (including sounds, syllable types and spelling rules); screening instruments and procedures; sight words; cursive handwriting; phonics games and activities; decoding, fluency and comprehension; vocabulary; written expression and advocacy. Wilson(r) materials guide the lesson planning process.

Tutors’ Responsibilities

Upon satisfactory completion of the training course, trainees are assigned a student and commit to provide that student at least 60 free individualized literacy lessons. Tutoring usually takes place twice a week - some tutors see their children more frequently - at the child’s school during the school day. Lessons last about 50 minutes. Tutors may borrow phonetically controlled books and other materials from the Literacy Council library and are encouraged to call the project director or their practicum supervisor for advice. The project director and/or a practicum supervisor observe each trainee in the course of his or her tutoring. The trainee administers pre and post testing in phonological awareness, rapid naming, fluency, comprehension and spelling.

Contact for more information about the Augustine Project and visit our website for a schedule of all upcoming orientation and tutor training dates.

Trainings offered in the summer and fall of each year. email us at for more information.


  • Child Development
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 hours of training
  • Min. 60 free individualized lessons of 50 minutes over the course of the school year

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