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129 Seamon Road, Suite A, Farmington, ME, 04938

Tutor Training Program Blueprint
Each tutor is expected to complete 12 hours of training within one year of registration.

Tutor Training Team members:

Staff:Barb Averill, Sara Beech

Qualified Volunteers:Susan Randow, Maggie Davis, Michelle Guilluame


Training Phase ONE (required for ALL tutors): Trainee selects and attends from the following menu of options: pre-registration is required (let us know if you plan to attend) 

Weekly Community Connect classes (2 hours each) (*schedule is below), Maine LV Affiliates ZOOM Training  (1  each)(inquire for schedule), Proliteracy.Org Webinar (1-2 h each), Special project.

Training Phase TWO: (required only for Individual tutors): Four (2 hour) sessions of our Tutor Training Series (total 8 hours))see below

After phase two is completed, the tutor may be ready to be matched with an individual student. See Match Protocol. 

Link to Match protocol

Tutor Training Series 

  • All trainings are virtual (ZOOM platform)
  • Physical Locations are optional by appointment only
  • We provide FREE Training resources: 1) Tutor 8, published by New Readers Press, a division of Proliteracy  and 2) A LVFSC Administration Binder


Tutor Training Series program Schedule:

  1. 4-6 pm on 4 consecutive Mondays (October, February, May, August)
  2. Registration required


Tutor Training Series Agenda

First Class: What does it mean to be an adult learner and to be a tutor?                                    Answer this question: What is reading?

  • Homework Assignment Tutor 8   Chapters 1, 2

Second Class: Specific literacy training-Language Experience Approach, Sight words (Sight words are 300 most used words in written text) , Reading Strategies (habits), and Writing 

  • Homework Assignment Tutor 8   Chapters 3, 4, 5

Third Class:  Goal setting and Portfolios (assessment), Lesson Planning

  • Homework Assignment Tutor 8   Chapters 6, 8 and 9.

Fourth Class: (A scheduled one on one meeting with staff about specifically Getting started with a student)

Initial considerations for a tutor:

  • Individual Tutoring is student centered and goal oriented.
  • All students are assessed by staff using a Fountas and Pinnell guided oral reading observation to provide a “user friendly” instructional reading level recommendation for a student starting point.
  • We use the Goal setting approach-SMART goals. Revisit OFTEN. Chunk into smaller steps. Track progress!
  • All students have a goal setting conversation with staff  prior to the match, using a framework, and materials are provided to tutor.
  • Learner’s background knowledge is crucial for adult learning.
  • *There are some students who benefit from rote reading “drills”...but most people just need to read their own material.
  • *Be aware of potential HIPAA violations.

Beginning place for Individual tutoring partnerships once matched

  • Start by exploring texts
  • Don’t require students to read anything in particular
  • Get to know each other
  • A good approach is to pick one skill to work on and choose materials to go with the skill.
  • Start creating a student portfolio binder (collecting work samples) and coaching students on organizing work.
  • Short chunked lessons