Aligned Academics Services

Reading Tutoring

Evidence-based private online reading intervention for students in kindergarten through high school, with a focus on serving students who have an SLD / Dyslexia.

Writing Tutoring

Academic writing intervention starting at the sentence level and progressing up to the essay level.

Academic Assessment

Academic testing includes a reading screener and, if necessary, a diagnostic test.

We proudly offer high-quality reading and writing interventions for learners in kindergarten through high school.

I teach kids who hate to read by reducing the overwhelming and difficult concepts into manageable chunks.

I'm Lindsey Norton, founder of Aligned Academics.

Aligned Academics began as a small, in-home
tutoring practice in 2018, as I transitioned out of public
school teaching.

What I soon discovered was that most of my clients were seeking my support because their child wasn’t getting the instruction that they needed in their school setting.

Wanting to learn about the highest possible quality or reading intervention, I turned to The
International Dyslexia Association, The Reading Science Academy, and the Orton-Gillingham
Academy. I became obsessive about using evidence-based instructional methods that my
students would respond to.

I have kept Aligned Academics small private practice- I won’t take on more than 15 students at a time- but I will never stop seeking out best practices for students.

During our initial consultation, we’ll talk about your child’s strengths and weaknesses, educational goals, and what you are looking for in a tutor. This is a chance for me to learn about your child from your perspective, so I’ll take as much information as I can get!

I will tell you about (or show you, if we connect via Zoom!) what a typical session might look like, the initial assessment process, and answer any questions you might have.

The initial academic assessment consists of five parts. A phonics screener and criterion-referenced test will be used.

  • This is the first step in helping students reach their full potential
  • Identification of academic strengths and weaknesses
  • The information gathered from an assessment is used to create an individualized instruction plan.
  • An academic profile will be developed and a detailed report will be shared
  • This assessment takes approximately 45-50 minutes.
  • *Please be advised that a formal neuropsychological evaluation by a licensed educational psychologist or neuropsychologist is required to diagnose dyslexia.

During our follow-up consultation, I will explain the results of your child’s academic assessment, if reading intervention is recommended, and if so, the frequency and duration of intervention.

Instruction is diagnostic and prescriptive, meaning that instruction is continually monitored within each and every session in order to identify and analyze problems and progress. Information gathered in every session is then used to guide planning of the next session. Instruction always contains elements that focus on resolving the learner’s difficulties and building on their progress as noted from the previous session.
This is what makes Orton-Gillingham different. Lessons are not from a boxed curriculum or pre-scripted. It maximizes our time spent together pinpointing exactly what the student needs work with and no two student’s sessions are ever exactly alike.

Continuous, ongoing support is provided as a way of keeping you informed of your child’s progress towards their personal academic goals. 

Would you like to see your child's confidence in reading and spelling increase?
You're in the right place.

I love supporting my students outside of tutoring!

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