Category Archives: School/District Implementation

Dreams Fulfilled

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Forty summers ago in St. Louis, a handful of educators gathered with 21 struggling readers in donated classroom space and unknowingly launched a legacy.That first seven-week summer session for students with learning disabilities fulfilled a dream of parents who wanted to bring to their own community the type of support and instruction they had previously only found for their children in far-away boarding schools.Following three successful summers and with the support of the greater community and pioneering mentors, the burgeoning summer school expanded to become a full-time day program in the [...]

Cursive Redux

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Cursive handwriting instruction, a rite of childhood in public elementary schools for generations until recently, is making a comeback as more states and cities reinstate lessons in the classroom.While still taught in a number of schools and districts, the amount of time allotted to cursive instruction has been waning over the past few decades. When it was omitted from Common Core State Standards, adopted by a majority of states in 2010, instruction time further decreased or was widely erased from lesson plans altogether as keyboarding and computer skills took priority in time-strapped schools [...]

Early Learners Rise and Shine

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For five minutes every weekday morning, Nancy Close is upstaged in her pre-kindergarten classroom by a tiny owl puppet perched on the end of a ruler.Baby Echo is much higher in stature than I am, the veteran early education teacher confided about the prop that came with her Fundations® Pre-K Activity Set.But she doesnt mind. It means her class of energetic four-year-olds at Hunter Elementary School in Greensboro, NC, is eager to learn how to read and write.Theres nothing better than seeing a child learn how to spell and write their name like the big kids do.The Title I elem [...]

Reaching for the Stars

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Indian River Academy (IRA) students, parents, and educators had plenty to cheer about during Floridas annual Celebrate Literacy Week in January. Not only has the Title I elementary school in Vero Beach surpassed its own self-described lofty goals, its now ranked among the top 1 percent of the states schools for improvement in English Language Arts.We set some lofty goals for ourselves and our students, said Kimberly Smith, the schools literacy coach and a certified Fundations® Facilitator. We could see our students capability in the classroom, and their confidenc [...]

Raising Scores, Opening Doors

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A persistent parent. A determined school psychologist. A responsive administration and school board. When these forces converged in the rural Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District in Georgetown, IL, something extraordinary happened.After implementing Wilsons Tier 2 intervention program, Just Words®, to assist struggling middle school readers, the students standard test scores jumped dramatically, their reading gap with grade-level peers closed significantly, and the district embraced a new approach to teaching basic reading skills.Standard scores are generally very stable and predict [...]

Wilson Little Free Library

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Inspired by their communitys commitment to literacy, a group of Wilson Reading System® students in Taylor County, Wisconsin, brought a Little Free Library to their elementary school in Medford. In the process, they gained a valuable, hands-on lesson in civic engagement.During a WRS Step 10 lesson at Medford Area Elementary School (MAES), students read a story about the 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges that have popped up over the past six years in neighborhoods throughout every state in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Dubbed a global sensation by The Wall Street Jour [...]

Promising Practices in Wisconsin

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Earlier this year, Wilson In-District Trainer Sara Adamovich was invited to participate in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions Promising Practices Workgroup to develop and share strategies for literacy success.Sara teaches at Eagle River Elementary School (Northland Pines School District), one of only 18 schools identified for the Promising Practices Workgroup because of their high reading achievement growth for students with disabilities. The workgroup was tasked with examining and recommending practices/strategies to increase literacy outcomes for students with disabilitie [...]

Fundations Pre-K Rollout at the Tobin School

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When Wilson launched the Fundations® Pre-K Activity Sets this fall, the Tobin School was excited to incorporate them into their pre-k and junior kindergarten classrooms. The Tobin School, a private school focusing on early childhood education in Natick, MA, had already been using Fundations Level K to develop literacy skills, so the addition of pre-k was a great fit.  Fundations pre-k activities support students emerging understanding of the alphabetic principles of letter-sound associations and alphabetical order, and the written language skill of manuscript letter formation [...]

Read Every Day!

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Students in Rebecca Werthheims 2nd grade class at Asheville City, North Carolinas Claxton Elementary School have been learning Fundations this year and decided to spread their excitement with this video rap titled Read Every Day. Claxtons principal, Kimberly Dechant, says, My kids are growing, and I attribute it to Fundations. I cannot say enough about what this curriculum has done for all my students.' [...]