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'A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.'   Sasha Salmina

Dear Tutor,

Thank you for applying to work for the Watson & Associates Literacy Center. This may be a new experience for the young students you are working with, and their parents. 

You should arrive before each session properly prepared to work with your student/s. The sessions run 3:30-4:30 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm. The following suggestions may help you as you complete your tutoring assignments.

  • Tutees' files include pre-assessments, and post-assessments for continuing tutees. Please familiarize yourself with your tutee's strengths and needs.
  • Plan on arriving at the CE-119 lounge area before your tutee is scheduled to arrive.
  • Greet your student (tutee) and his/her parents as you meet them in CE-119. 
  • Take a few minutes to talk with the parents about their child’s progress after each session.
  • Familiarize yourself with the lesson suggestions provided by the Reading Specialist that will help you prepare a lesson plan emphasizing areas in which your tutee needs strengthening.  Your lesson plans should be completed before each session begins.  Make notes throughout the lesson to help you prepare for the next week's tutoring.
  • When appropriate, administer the assessments from the Reading Specialist. These assessments will document your tutee's growth and guide instruction so that the tutee's individual needs are met.
  • Please call the Literacy Center, (909) 537-2665, as soon as you can if you cannot make a session so that we can assign your tutee to another tutor. This provides continuity of instruction and ensures your tutee benefits from consistent instruction. Or email,
  • NEVER let your tutee leave the Literacy Center alone. If they have to go to the restroom or get a drink, ask the adult who brought the tutee to escort them to the appropriate area. You will be briefed on emergency procedures regularly and there is an evacuation protocol notebook available in cases of emergency.
  • Sessions are from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, or 4:30-5:30 pm. There is a children's library within the Literacy Center, so please assist your tutee in checking out a recreational reading book before they leave and before the Literacy Center closes at 6:00 pm. 
  • Before the final tutoring session you will need to prepare a report for the parents concerning their child’s progress. Guidelines and a sample report will be provided and you will want to conference with the tutee's family after our week eight Writing Celebration.
  • Please remember to sign out your hours after each tutoring session.

As you work with your tutee, please remember that this is a learning experience for both of you. We will be at each session and provide support for you. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to us. If you do not have time to talk to us before or after your tutoring session, you can call or email us.

Tutoring Calendar & Schedule 


  • August 17: Academic Year Begins
  • August 22: First Day of Classes
  • September 19 - September 29: Tutoring & Orientation Training
  • October 3 - December: Tutoring Weeks
  • November 11: Veterans Day Holiday: Campus Closed
  • November 21 - 26: Thanksgiving Holiday: No Tutoring
  • November 28: Writing Celebration Week/Final Reports


  • January 9 - 19: Tutoring Orientation & Training
  • January 16: Martin Luther King Day: Campus Closed
  • January 23:  First Day of Spring Classes
  • February 20: Presidents' Day
  • March 27 - April 1: Academic Recess: WALC Closed
  • March 31: Cesar Chavez Day: Campus Closed
  • May 8: Writing Celebration Week/Final Reports
  • May 12: Last Day of Spring Classes

Tutors: For more information about tutor orientations and trainings, please contact Dr. Gregory Richardson - Literacy Center Interim Director by phone: (909) 537-2665 or by email: