:: Choosing a Tutor ::

Find the Right Partner for Your Path

Choosing a tutor or academic therapist to work with your child or an adult can prove to be quite challenging. IDA Upper Midwest Branch maintains a list of qualified, scientifically based reading instructors who have been approved through our application process. 

Some dyslexic individuals may have minimal challenges, others severe, and most are somewhere along the continuum of this learning disability.

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Ask the Right Questions

The following is a list of questions to ask a potential tutor: 

  • Do you specialize in teaching children with dyslexia? 
  • Do you us an Orton-Gillingham methodology-based system? (If they do not know what this mean, DO NOT hire them.) 
  • Which OG system do you use? How long how you been tutoring students with dyslexia using this OG system? 
  • Do you do homework during your session with a student? Or do you concentrate on just reading and spelling? 
  • Do you specialize in teaching children with dyslexia? 
  • Do you us an Orton-Gillingham methodology-based system? (If they do not know what this mean, DO NOT hire them.) 
  • Which OG system do you use? How long how you been tutoring students with dyslexia using this OG system? 
  • Do you do homework during your session with a student? Or do you concentrate on just reading and spelling? 

Need a tutor referral?

IDA-Upper Midwest maintains a list of qualified, scientifically-based reading instructors. Visit our Tutor Referrals page to request a current list of tutors.

Shelly Bayer

Shelly Bayer, PhD

BOARD PRESIDENT
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.