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Take Your Training to the Next Level

In our region, there are three training programs that upon completion allow trainees to submit their name to be included on our tutor referral list. The organizations doing comprehensive Orton-Gillingham training that include a comprehensive student supervised practicum are listed below.

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Recommended Programs

Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota

Orton Gillingham of Minnesota is accredited by The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) at the Teacher and Instructor-of-teachers levels. The mission of IMSLEC is to accredit quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialist.

Orton-Gillingham Reading Specialists

This training is appropriate for anyone teaching students at reading levels pre-reading–8th grade. Instruction includes the theory and practical components needed to implement the Orton Gillingham approach with a high degree of fidelity. All coursework and direct supervision align with the revised 2018 IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and are conducted and overseen by Karen Sonday, MA. Education. Ms. Sonday is a Fellow of Orton Gillingham Academy. (formerly AOGPE) Lecture and practicum are both held synchronously and online!

the reading center/dyslexia institute of MN

The Orton-Gillingham approach, as taught by highly qualified Reading Center instructors, employs comprehensive, proven reading instruction with an intensive practicum to prepare the learner for immediate use with students. During Institute, participants will learn the approach, the structure of the English language, and apply what’s been learned by planning and teaching actual lessons.

Additional Opportunities

For more professional development opportunities, please visit the following organizations’ websites:

Orton-Gillingham academy

Life-Changing Literacy Professional Learning

higher education literacy partnership

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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.