Augustine Project Tutor for kids grade K-12



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Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


31 College Place Suite B-221
United States


Asheville Augustine Project

Providing free, long-term, 1-on-1 literacy tutoring for low-income K-12 students

Orientation Dates: June 26th  4:00-5:00pm and July 10th 4:00-5:00pm  (Learn more information about the program)

Training Dates: 9:00am-3:00pm, 7/ 16- 7/20 and 9:00am-12:00pm 7/23-7/25

Fall training: TBA

Location: Literacy Council of Buncombe County

31 College Place Suite B221 Asheville NC 28801

RSVP: email or call (828) 254-3442 x. 204

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® 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.




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How To Apply

Please email or call us to express interest in our upcoming Augustine Project trainings. We offer one in the summer and one in the fall.