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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 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. 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 WCOE-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, at (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 p.m. or 4:30-5:30 p.m. 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 p.m. 
  • 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 24: First day of classes

September 25 - September 28: Tutoring & Orientation Training

October 3 - December 8: Tutoring Weeks

November 23 - 25: Thanksgiving Holiday: No Tutoring

November 29: Writing Celebration Week/Final Reports

December 21 - January 1: Academic Recess - Campus closed



January 22: First day of classes

January 22 - January 25: Tutoring & Orientation Training

January 29 - May 9: Tutoring Weeks

February 19: President's Day/no classes/campus open

April 1: César Chávez holiday (observed), campus closed

April 2-6: Academic recess

May 10: Last day of classes

May 18: Commencement

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