Bay City Children's Dyslexia Center
Since 2000, the Bay City Scottish Rite Masons have been providing a classroom and funding for a learning center for dyslexic children. The center is located on the 5th level of the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Bay City, Michigan, and is affiliated with the Masonic charity, Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc., a tutor-training program accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and members of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
The Center is committed to providing, free of charge, an annual training program to teach qualified individuals to use the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading. The first part of the training involves a 45 hour class that is taught at the Center. Another part of the training involves trainees being assigned two students to tutor during a 100 hour supervised practicum. Those interested in the training are able to take both parts of the program for credit through Central Michigan University. Following the 100 hour practicum, they are certified Orton-Gillingham Tutors through IMSLEC.
The tutoring program for students involves individual one-on-one sessions twice a week for one hour, 34 weeks a year. Progress is carefully documented and reported to parents
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