Friday, January 29, 2016

LEARN's 2016 Tutor Training Schedule

All trainings are held at the El Cajon Branch Library.  To register for a training session, please call 888-466-0668 or click:

LEARN Tutor Training Schedule

Month                         Date                                                    Time               Branch
Saturday, Jan. 30th                              10:00 – 4:00    El Cajon

         Thursday, Feb. 18th                                12:00 - 4:00     El Cajon         

Saturday, March 5th                            10:00 – 4:00    El Cajon

Thursday, April 14th                            12:00 - 4:00     El Cajon

Wednesday, May 4th                           12:00 - 4:00     El Cajon

Saturday, June 25th                                 10:00 - 4:00     El Cajon

Saturday, July 23rd                              10:00 - 4:00     El Cajon

Saturday, Aug. 27th                             10:00 – 4:00    El Cajon

Wednesday, Sept. 14th                        12:00 - 4:00     El Cajon

Saturday, Oct. 1st                                10:00 - 4:00     El Cajon

Saturday, Nov. 5th                               10:00 - 4:00     El Cajon

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Teach an Adult to Read & Write! Volunteer With LEARN!

VIDEO: Now You Know - How To Volunteer With LEARN:

Is reading your thing? Take some time to help an adult learn how to read at your local branch of the San Diego County Library. Meet twice a week and help better someone's life. Volunteer with LEARN today!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monthly Tutor Reports - Frequently Asked Questions

All tutors must submit a monthly tutor report to the LEARN staff by the 5th of each month. Although the monthly tutor report helps keep us informed of your learner's accomplishments, these reports cover more than just your learner's progress. The monthly tutor report also helps us keep track of your learner's goals (set and met), materials usage, and any areas of concern. The monthly tutor report also informs us of what type of hours were kept by you and your learner. 

In general, if you email us at least three sentences about what has been or not been happening with your learner, it belongs in a report.

Below are answers to tutors' frequently asked questions:

1)Do I submit a report if little or no progress has been made?
Answer: Yes! The monthly tutor report is not necessarily a progress report. Although we want to keep abreast of any and all progress, we realize that at times the learning process moves at a snail’s pace. If this is the case with your learner, add this to the report, plus any other developments (positive or negative). We definitely want to know things like, “Joe hasn’t made any progress lately. He lost his job and had to miss a couple of sessions.” This information gives us some insight into what’s going on with you and your learner. It also helps us assist you if you feel things are stagnant.
2)Do I submit a report if we only met once or twice in the past month?
Answer: Yes! LEARN tracks the hours kept by all tutor/learner pairs, including any tutor preparation or travel time. We, in turn, pass this information to the San Diego County Library’s administration and the California State Library. Both the County and the State want to know how many volunteer hours are spent teaching adults how to read and write. Based on the information included in tutor reports, LEARN tutors spent over 10,400 hours teaching their learners literacy skills last year!  This information also helps us with grants, which provide free books for our learners each year.
3)What if my learner’s goals are still the same and not much has changed? Do I still submit a report?
Answer: Yes! We’ll refer you back to the answer for Question #1. Additionally, maybe this is a good time to sit down with your learner and set new goals. If his/her goals are more long-term, maybe you can both set some goals that will help his/her progress in the short-term (i.e. complete Challenger workbook Lesson 3 in the next two weeks, each week this month read one chapter in my book, etc).
4)Do I submit a report if we did not meet and/or have not met in over one month?
Answer: No. You do not have to submit a report if you did not meet; however, we would like to know about any breaks in tutoring that have taken place (planned or unplanned). You can either send us this information via phone, email, in person, or in a tutor report.
5)I haven’t submitted a report because my learner and I stopped meeting a while ago.
Answer: The last one was a statement and not a question, but we do have an answer! If you and your learner are no longer meeting, please contact us! Let us know if you are interested in being paired with a new learner. There are always several learners waiting for tutors. We are constantly updating our database, so please keep us informed as to you and/or your learner’s status.

Please submit your monthly tutor report by the 5th of each month. You can download a copy of the monthly tutor report by following this link: If you have any questions regarding the tutor report, please post your questions in the comments below, send us an email, or give us a call at 619-588-3740. Thank you!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

READ/San Diego's 25th Annual Tutor Conference

READ/San Diego will be hosting it's 25th Annual Tutor Conference on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. The conference will feature an impressive lineup of presenters, including this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Howard Liebman, the founder of Smart Horizons Career Online Education.

Join literacy tutors, teachers and literacy professionals for a day of informative, enjoyable, hands-on workshops. The conference features twenty-four workshops that focus on strategies for teaching vocabulary, grammar, word recognition, online resources and technical tools for tutors, phonics, reading comprehension, math, ESL, and GED preparation.

Twenty-four works...hops are scheduled in four strands, with breaks midway through the strands. A catered luncheon will be served between the strands and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Howard Liebman's presentation "Better Understanding and Addressing Educational Trauma to Re-Engage Students Back into the Educational System."
Click on this link to view this year's Tutor Conference brochure which outlines the workshops being offered this year:

The early registration rate of $35 ends June 8, 2015 at 5 p.m. Registrations received after 5 p.m. will be charged at the $45 rate.

You can register for the conference at the Friends of READ/San Diego website:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Become a Volunteer Tutor With LEARN!

Interested in helping an adult learn how to read  & write?  Volunteer as an adult literacy tutor with the San Diego County Library.  Learn how to become a volunteer tutor by following the link below:

Now You Know - How To Volunteer With LEARN | Video | San Diego County News Center

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Teach an Adult to Read & Write! Volunteer as a Literacy Tutor!

Who needs help?

An average 20% of adults locally struggle with reading and writing. It can be a source of embarrassment for adults, who are often unwilling to ask for help.
  • Many have learning disabilities;
  • Others received insufficient individual instruction in school or at home;
  • Others are immigrants seeking to learn English.
What is LEARN?

LEARN is the adult literacy program of the San Diego County Library.

Our mission is to help adults improve reading and writing skills to achieve their full potential as community members, family members, workers, and life-long learners; to teach non-English speakers ESL (English as a Second Language) skills; to tailor services to individual needs, with confidentiality; to foster understanding and use of public libraries; to educate communities on the importance of literacy.
How can I help?
By becoming a volunteer literacy tutor, you will empower an adult by teaching them vital skills which will help them achieve their full potential as community members, family members, workers, and life-long learners.
What are the requirements?
  • Be at least 18 years old, with the equivalent of a high school diploma;
  • Pass the County of San Diego's Volunteer Background Check;
  • Successfully complete LEARN's Tutor Training program;
  • Commit to a minimum of six months as a tutor;
  • Meet with a learner for 1-1/2 hours twice a week at a County Library branch;

  • How do I volunteer?

    Call: 888-466-0668