In Virginia, the Charlottesville Volunteer Tutorial is a one-on-one tutorial program that encourages the literacy development of young children and involves a wide range of community volunteers. The program, which resulted from a partnership between the Charlottesville City Schools, the McGuffey Reading Center of the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community, aims to improve the reading and writing skills of at-risk children and to set up and maintain community involvement in and responsibility for the education of all children. The triad composed of the child, the volunteer tutor, and the reading coordinator is central to the tutorial program. The coordinator supervises the volunteer tutors and provides ongoing support throughout the program. Meanwhile, the tutor provides the children with instruction in reading, writing, and phonics twice weekly in 45-minute sessions.
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