Tutor Application & Information


Thank you for your interest in becoming a tutor at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin. The Scottish Rite Masons’ mission is to provide free, one-to-one Orton-Gillingham reading and spelling instruction to children with dyslexia.

Becoming a certified tutor at the center takes approximately one year.  However, we do ask that you strongly consider volunteering your tutoring services at the center for one additional year beyond your certification.  The training program at the Centers is accredited by the International Multisensory Structural Language Education Council (IMSLEC) to certify tutors in Orton-Gillingham instruction.  All training applicants (trainees) must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree when they submit their application materials.  One training cycle begins each year in the late spring.

To successfully complete the training program, trainees must attend 55 hours of lecture regarding reading development, dyslexia, and the Orton-Gillingham approach.  Trainees must also teach a total of 100 hours of one-to-one Orton-Gillingham lessons to two students in a supervised practicum.

The training course is free of charge.  However, please note that the trainees are not compensated for training or practicum hours.  In addition, trainees are responsible for purchasing the required course material listed below.

  • Gillingham, Anna and Stillman, Bessie.  1997.  The Gillingham Manual: Remedial Training for Students with Specific Learning Disability in Reading, Spelling, and Penmanship. Cambridge, MA; Educators Publishing Service.
  • Rome, Paula and Osman, Jean.  1993.  Language Tool Kit. Cambridge, MA; Educators Publishing Service. (Trainee should purchase both the language Tool Kit card set and Language Tool Kit Manual.)

Because the Center can purchase these items in bulk at discounted prices, the center will order these materials and the trainee can purchase them from the center on the first day of training.

Tutoring lessons are scheduled twice a week on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for 50 minutes each lesson.  The academic term is 28 weeks beginning in September and ending in May.  The summer term is six weeks beginning in June and ending in July.  All sessions are held after school between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM.  Trainees work with two students during the course of the practicum.  For example, a trainee could tutor his/her first student on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:00pm, and his/her second student on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:00pm.

I hope you find this information helpful. Please contact me if you have any other questions.   Please complete the following documents and return them to the Center as soon as you are able. Once this information has been processed you will be contacted regarding upcoming training sessions.

  • Scholar Application ~ 1 page
  • Adult Worker’s Profile ~ 3 pages
  • Release/Disclosure for Employment Purposes ~ 1 page

You can access the Tutor Application by Clicking Here:   Trainee Application 1.18.2017                                                  This is currently a PDF file. You’ll need to print it, fill it out, and Submit it to the Center.


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