Become a Tutor

Become a Tutor

Tutoring is the backbone of the SLD Read mission. Please call today to schedule your interview to join us in providing individualized, one-to-one multisensory instruction in reading,  writing and spelling for at-risk readers as a volunteer tutor in our Language Links program or as a paid part-time tutor for our private students throughout West Michigan.

Tutor Online

COVID-19 has changed the world that we live in. Education has been especially impacted. It is difficult to know the extent of its impact but it is clear that students are entering into the new school year with significant obstacles. Especially students who are struggling to learn to read. Now, more than ever, students are counting on us to provide needed support. SLD Read has been active in adapting to providing literacy instruction and support to students, especially critical during this time of uncertainty as to what schools will look like in the months to come. Our dedicated staff and tutors have responded to changing needs with enthusiasm, and have found innovative online ways to continue to support the vision of SLD Read.  Currently, our tutoring and our tutor training is virtual.  We expect that will be the case for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year with limited in-person tutoring.  

Tutor Qualifications

  • Potential tutors for SLD Read have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • background clearance through the Michigan State Police and Department of Human Services
  • successfully completed SLD Read’s Phonics Fundamentals © training course.
  • After training, potential tutors complete an internship with an SLD Read Master Tutor before being placed independently with students. Continuing education of tutors is implemented through additional training classes, required monthly in-service meetings, webinars, and local and virtual professional conferences.

Tutor Training

Phonics Fundamentals© for Tutors is the base of our training options and is a beginning level training course in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Phonics Fundamentals© for Tutors is offered at our office locations and online multiple times throughout the year. Enrollment in the training course requires an interview and is dependent upon course availability. Read more about Phonics Fundamentals for Tutors!   

Tutor Training Dates

September 13-16 and 20-23 Grand Rapids

September 20-23 and 27-30 Kalamazoo


Contact Mary Outinen at [email protected]g or 269-345-2661 (Kalamazoo)

Contact Molly Barrett at [email protected]  or 616-361-1182 (Grand Rapids)


Interested in becoming a tutor? Let us know!