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Be the Special Guide on Someone’s Path

The International Dyslexia Association–Upper Midwest Branch maintains a list of qualified tutors for reading, spelling, and writing remediation. Individuals are eligible to be part of the list if they are able to fulfill the criteria required through The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), an affiliate of the International Dyslexia Association. CERI issues certifications to those who possess the knowledge and skill necessary to implement Structured Literacy practices.

Reading Tutor

How to Become a Tutor

Review Approved Programs

Select CERI certifications are awarded only to those educators who have demonstrated the ability to have a meaningful impact on the rate of improvement for students identified as “at risk” for reading failure or identified with a Specific Learning Disability, including dyslexia. View their approved programs here:    

Complete an Application

If you fulfill CERI requirements and are interested in completing an application to be included on our tutor referral list, you can do that here: 

Scan and send your completed application and additional documentation to us. A committee member will contact you regarding the application and review process.

Any questions on the requirements, the form or the process?

Shelly Bayer

Shelly Bayer, PhD

Dr. Shelly Bayer is the Assistant Director for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at South Dakota State University where she works with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to create a culture of teaching excellence by promoting evidence-based strategies and encouraging professional and personal growth mindsets. Shelly earned her B.A. in English Education from South Dakota State University, her Masters of Education in Literacy (Certified Reading Specialist) from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and her doctorate in Education Administration – Adult & Higher Education through the University of South Dakota. Prior to her current employment, Shelly taught in public schools in Brookings, SD and Las Vegas, NV. Her educational background combined with her son’s identification as a dyslexic learner inspired her to work to create environments and systems that embrace the strengths of every learner and value each learner’s contributions to the process. Shelly joined the IDA-UMB Board of Directors in April 2018. She was elected as President in July 2021.