Reading Tutor or Family Education Volunteer - READWS

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READWS (Home of the Augustine Literacy Tutoring Program and Parent Education READING PARTIES)

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Griffith Elementary Trainees

Tutor One Child. Change Two Lives.

READWS trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long-term, one-to-one instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading System materials. Our tutors work with students in Forsyth county, North Carolina including Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Clemmons, and Walkertown communities.

We serve low-income children and teens who are reading, writing and spelling below grade level and attend public school in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system. The students we teach are recommended by parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other staff members in the public school system.

Join our Augustine Tutoring Family

Augustine Tutors are incredible people. They work for free. They are retired teachers and professionals, parents and grandparents, and people dedicated to our community. Their hearts are fully open to those they tutor. No previous teaching or tutoring experience is required, only a desire to change the life of a child.

1. Register for Training
You can contact the office by calling (336) 723-4391 x1509 or by e-mailing us at

All Augustine tutors must also register as a volunteer through the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System.

2. Participate in the Training Program
All Augustine tutors go through extensive training. Please check our website for our next available training or call the Augustine office.

The cost of this training course is $250 per trainee. This fee covers only the cost of materials, background check, and a small registration fee. All other costs of the training are covered by the Augustine Project and the generosity of our donors. Some scholarship funds are available. Please let us know if you need financial assistance.

Our tutors receive 7 days of training before they are assigned an Augustine student. The 7-day training class includes a practicum during which the trainee evaluates a student and then teaches 2 Orton-Gillingham practice lessons (using Wilson materials) with the help of a mentor tutor. The mentor assists with 2 additional lessons within the first two weeks of tutoring and another 2 lessons during the tutor's first year. Ongoing support, training, and presentations are offered throughout the school year at no additional cost. Tutors may borrow phonetically controlled readers, workbooks and reference materials from the READWS library.

The course is taught by a team of experienced trainers who present such topics as the definition and characteristics of dyslexia; the essential components of reading instruction; the history and principals of Orton-Gillingham; phonological awareness; the scope and sequence of Orton-Gillingham teaching via Wilson Reading System materials (including sounds, syllable types and spelling rules); sight words; plus phonics games and activities.

3. Tutor Two Times Weekly
Tutoring usually takes place twice a week at the child's school during the school day. Each lesson lasts 45-60 minutes. Tutors are asked to give back 60 hours of free tutoring after taking the Augustine training.

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Children & Youth Community Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


520 Summit StreetWinston-Salem, NC 27101



  • Literacy / Reading


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Availability to tutor 2 x week for 60 lessons
  • Time to attend training, active email address.

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