At the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, our 6 Core Values guide us in our journeys to become our best selves. One of the Core Values that aids us in our quest of creating better men in a better world is Service to Humanity. Through the work and contributions of our charities, our fraternity is able to make a meaningful difference in our communities and the lives of others.

We are a fraternity committed to making the world a better place. That commitment includes the fostering the value of education. As such, it is only fitting we help strengthen the education of the next generation.

Supporting Youth Education Through The Children’s Dyslexia Centers

In 1994, we founded The Children’s Dyslexia Centers (CDC) to equip students affected by dyslexia with the skills and confidence they need to become thriving, independent students. Researchers estimate that “5-20% of the U.S. population has dyslexia, but only about 4% of children in U.S. public schools receive educational remediation for it.” Since its inception, the CDC has provided tutoring to over 15,000 children and has been nationally recognized for its efforts.

A child learning how to read
A child being taught to read

National Teacher Appreciation Week: Meet the CDC Tutors

This incredible work wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and effort of our CDC tutors. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we wish to thank our CDC tutors for their diligent efforts in helping children build confidence and learn skills to combat dyslexia. Every tutor at the CDC goes through rigorous training to provide world-class instruction for students.

Through the CDC training program, teachers and other graduate-level educators receive training in Orton-Gillingham based reading instruction.

In order to receive their certification, trainees complete 90 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of practicum work at the Center, tutoring two children twice a week under the supervision of training staff. Since 1994, the CDC has certified over 4,000 educators with its training courses.

For a look at the incredible impact that the work of CDC tutors has on the lives of others, watch CDC student Hayden Miskinis discuss how her time at CDC led to her becoming a published writer in the New York Times:

Call for Tutors: Give Back Through the CDC

The Children’s Dyslexia Centers has 40 locations across the United States and are always looking for more tutors to help fulfill their mission to make a difference in the lives of children with dyslexia. If you’re a teacher or other qualified individual who is passionate about helping others in your community and beyond, consider applying for a tutor position at CDC!

As we like to say at the Scottish Rite, NMJ, “when you give, you get so much more in return.” Watch our video below to hear what CDC tutors themselves have to say about their experience working at the CDC.

To learn more about the process and qualifications for becoming a tutor at your local CDC and to apply, visit the CDC website.