This is an update to a blog post that first appeared in September, 2014. We hope it will answer many of your questions about Windy Row and finding help for your child.
An article from the National Center for Disabilities lists the questions to ask a tutor before hiring them. Here's how Windy Row tutors would answer those questions. Once you read our answers, please phone or email us if you have further questions; we are always open to talking with parents.
- What is your background in the subject?
All of our reading tutors and math tutors have worked in the school system and all of them have completed 45 hours of seminars and 100 hours of tutoring in Orton-Gillingham under the supervision of our Executive Director before they are allowed to tutor independently. Our Executive Director, Dr. Cheryl Orcutt, has taken extensive graduate and post-graduate courses and seminars in the Orton-Gillingham method, educational leadership and special education. She is certified in Orton-Gillingham and has C.A.G.S. with Reading and Writing Specialist certification.
- How much experience do you have teaching or tutoring?
Most of our reading tutors have been with us since Windy Row was founded in 2009. Every year, they each tutor 2 or more students at the kindergarten to tenth grade level. They treat each child as an individual and engage each child on multiple sensory levels, including drawing, dance, singing, and working with sand, until the connection is made between symbols, sounds and meaning. Our primary math tutor has been with us for three years and is an expert in the field.
- Have you tutored students with the child's needs before?
Windy Row specializes in after-school and summer tutoring for children with reading and math challenges (such as dyslexia and dyscalculia) that are keeping them from ever reaching grade level. Reading and math are what we do--and are all we do. Often we see children who have been diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) with other learning disabilities or with ADHD. We welcome homeschoolers.
- What kind of tutoring results can I expect?
For the first time, your child will begin to make progress. Most children gain at least 1 grade level for each school year of tutoring (sometimes 2 or 3 grade levels) after years of falling further and further behind.
- What is your availability?
Windy Row has two programs. Our afterschool program runs Monday through Friday. Children are tutored individually in two one-hour sessions each week. Our summer program generally works around the summer schedule of individual families and can be offered as often as four times a week depending on the availability of a reading or math tutor.
- What do you do when you are not tutoring?
Most of our tutors have full-time or part-time jobs in the school district as teachers or assistant teachers. A few run their own companies.
- Do you have any references?
Please look on this website at Success Stories, featuring testimonials from Windy Row parents, or read the articles featuring Steve Walker and others who have praised Windy Row as the most effective program they have seen.
Windy Row Learning Center is based in West Peterborough, NH and serves the entire Monadnock Region. We are the only program in the region for children with dyslexia, dyscalculia and other reading/math challenges that keep them below grade level.