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Writing Centers Consultant Training

Agenda for training consultants for writing centers

These resources use the word consultant for the students who are trained and who will be staffing the writing centers.

This document includes:

  • Agenda for two half-day consultant training (pg. 1-2)
  • Flyers for the Titan Literacy Camp used to recruit students to be tutors in the writing centers (pg. 3-4)
  • Script for calling parents and a letter to parents inviting their teens to be student leaders in the writing centers (pg. 4-6)

The following steps will get you started in creating your own writing centers.

1. Use data to determine the need for writing support.

2. Create a list of items to be purchased or located.

To create the center, you’ll need the following:

  • Tables and chairs, not desks
  • Computers and printer
  • Writing resources
  • Stipends for teachers to manage the center
  • Funds to train student leaders to be the writing consultants

3. Secure funding for the writing center.

Guiding Questions:

  • Does the district/campus currently have funds to create the center?
  • Does the district/campus have partners who might donate resources for the center?
  • Does the district have a fund that teachers/campuses can apply for project funds?
  • Are there local foundation that might fund it?
  • If the answer is “no” to the above, can the materials be gathered from existing resources with a plan to add resources as needed?

4. Create a plan for creating a student-run center.


  • Location – Since students may be alone in the center at times, the center should be located in a very visible location.
  • Decide when the center will be open. Before school? Lunches? Advisory? After school? Saturdays?
  • Determine the qualities/characteristics of the students who will man the center.
  • Decide what you want the student leaders to do tutoring on.

5. Putting the plan into action.

  • Plan a training retreat for the student leaders.
  • Recruit student leaders.
  • Set up the writing center.
  • Advertise to the students.

6. After six weeks, evaluate the effectiveness of the center and make changes as needed.

Writing Centers Resources

Bibliography of important writing texts and teacher resources

This is a large list of literacy resources including:

  • Information for the writing center tutors
  • Writing in science and engineering
  • Style manuals
  • Notetaking
  • Grammar handbooks and posters
  • Guide to notetaking
  • Furniture and office supplies to create the center

For campuses who wish to improve writing across the content areas, see pg. 2-3 for resources that support teaching writing.

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