An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics

As test scores lag, there’s a growing debate between proponents of the “science of reading,” which emphasizes phonics, and traditional educators who prefer to instill a love of literature.


Author and National Director for The Reading League

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Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills.

The Augustine Project/Winston-Salem trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long term, 1-to-1 instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading System® materials.  Our tutors work with students in the Winston-Salem area.

Augustine lessons use Wilson® materials and include the five essential components of research-based reading instruction as defined by the National Reading Panel:
-phonemic awareness

Who We Serve

We serve low-income children and teens who are reading, writing and spelling below grade level in the Winston-Salem area.  The students we teach are recommended by parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other staff members in the public school system.

Tutor one child. Change two lives.

History of the Project

The Augustine Project was founded in 1994 by Holy Family Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  In 2001, three women — Becky Clingman, Susan Uphoff and Trudy Winstead — replicated the project in Winston-Salem with the help of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The Augustine Project/Winston-Salem continues as an important outreach mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In addition, many other individuals, schools, churches and other civic groups have joined St. Paul’s as tutors, donors, supporters and advocates.

The program has grown from 5 tutors and students to approximately 85 tutor-student pairs in 2013.  Well over 150 students have now been served in the Winston-Salem area since The Augustine Project/Winston-Salem began.

How can you help the Augustine Project?

Become a tutor.
No experience is necessary.
Spread the word
Refer a friend who might want tutor training; call to request an Augustine speaker.
The more resources we have, the more tutors we can train.

  • $50 buys lending library materials. •$250 buys a tutor kit.
  • $600 provides a full scholarship for a tutor trainee.

If you’d like to make a donation, please make your check payable to “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” with “Augustine” on the memo line.

Refer a friend who might want tutor training; call to request an Augustine speaker.

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