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Watson & Associates Literacy Center

James R. Watson & Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."  Margaret Fuller


Encouraging reading at early ages
Drs. James & Judy Watson reading to students
  • Watson & Associates Literacy Center - Founded 2004

  • Open Monday through Thursday:  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Provides one-on-one tutoring in literacy and math for students in K-12 grades

  • Services supported by credentialed Reading Specialists

  • America Reads and America Counts tutors: university-trained

The WALC benefactors
Jim and Judy Watson

Mission Statement

The mission of the Watson and Associates Literacy Center (WALC) is to assist students, grades kindergarten through 12, to improve their listening, speaking, reading, writing, and math skills. The center offers interactive tutoring within carefully designed programs.


The Watson and Associates Literacy Center (WALC) is a component of the James R. Watson and Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education at California State University, San Bernardino. The Literacy Center offers one-to-one tutoring services to students who have not yet achieved grade-level proficiency in literacy or math. The WALC also assists exceptional students who desire to advance academically. Children in grades kindergarten through 12 attend weekly tutoring sessions, Monday – Thursday, 3:30-4:30 PM or 4:30-5:30 PM. Tutoring occurs one day per week for each tutee, one hour per session. Tutoring support is provided during the fall and spring semesters of the University. Contact the WALC if you are interested in tutoring during the summer.

America Reads, America Counts, and volunteer graduate students enrolled in one of the university's credential teaching programs provide tutoring support.  America Reads and America Counts tutors complete the ESEC 5450 course, which gives tutor training for CSUSB students to work with K-12 students to increase their skills in literacy and math. Topics include literacy and math methods, multicultural issues, learning disabilities, and the use of educational software. Volunteers, who are credential-seeking candidates, receive instructional training in their perspective programs.

All tutors receive ongoing support and coaching on best practices regularly from the reading specialist and director at the Literacy Center.  These strategies provide instructional techniques that tutors can readily and immediately implement to increase the effectiveness of the tutoring session.

Pre and post-online assessments document the progress of the K-12 students (tutees) as they increase in the acquisition and use of academic skills and strategies over time.

During the last week of tutoring, parents and families are invited to attend a Writing & Math Celebration highlighting and celebrating their student's projects completed during tutoring.

person teaching kid

Gregory Richardson, Ph.D
Director, WALC 

The WALC Director