Category Archives: Student Success

YMCA Book Club Boosts Summer Literacy

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The summer months arent just for playing outside and doing fun crafts. At the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts, campers made progress in their reading skills alongside these traditional summer activities.For the third summer, the YMCAs Quincy Summer Day Camp hosted a free summer literacy program aimed at mitigating summer learning losses. The program, referred to as Book Club by the campers, uses Wilson® materials to advance and maintain the literacy skills of third- and fourth-grade students who have been identified as at risk of experiencing summer learning losses. This [...]

First Dyslexia Specialist Graduate

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This spring, Margaret Reilley, a teacher in New Jerseys Stafford Township School District, earned her masters degree, top grades, and the distinction of being the first graduate of Fitchburg State Universitys new dyslexia specialist concentration. From her home 260 miles away from the Massachusetts campus, Maggie tackled literacy, language disorders, assessment methods and other related topics to earn her M.Ed. in Special Education: Guided Studies Dyslexia Specialist. The online program launched in fall 2015 in partnership with Wilson Language Training®, a nationally recogniz [...]

Teen Advocate

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As a student with dyslexia, 13-year-old Ainsley P. once would have balked at the sight of the four-syllable, 11-letter word legislation. Now, its part of her lexicon.For the past two years, the Virginia Beach eighth-grader has used her voice and experience to raise awareness about dyslexia by advocating for laws that address the educational needs of students with the learning disability.Most people think dyslexia is just mixing up the letters b and d or m and w. They dont realize how much it affects kids like me. If you cant read, its very difficult to learn in all subject [...]

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 [...]

From Struggling Reader to Honors Student

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Like many of her peers, Tegan C. will soon be flipping through college brochures and searching websites to determine where shell enroll after graduating from high school. What makes her college search remarkable is that the goal of earning an academic degree once seemed unattainable.The 15-year-old sophomore struggled with reading and writing throughout elementary school and into middle school before being diagnosed with dyslexia. Following intensive training with tutors using the Wilson Reading System® (WRS), she is an honors student at Babylon High School on Long Island, NY, and is looki [...]

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 [...]

Stepping Up with Jessica K.

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In June, Jessica K. achieved two milestones: finishing the fifth grade AND completing all twelve Steps of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS)!Jessica was diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade and had been receiving instruction with the Wilson Reading System from special education teacher and Wilson® trainer Sara Adamovich at Eagle River Elementary School in Wisconsin ever since. She has been in good hands as demonstrated by the for high literacy achievement growth with special education students.As WRS lessons progressed, Sara observed Jessica's progress and increased sense of con [...]

A Dynamic Duo: Student and Teacher Team Up for Success

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In December 2015 Mandy Gilbart, a Wilson Level I Certified educator, reached out to Wilson to share a Carroll County Times article about her remarkable Wilson Reading System® student, Coley. To read the full article, click here. We recently checked in with Mandy to learn more about her journey with Coley and Coley's recent accomplishments. Mandy wrote: I first met Coley in the weeks before the 2014-2015 school year started. She was beginning 8th grade as a new student at Carroll Lutheran School. That August day, I realized she was reading more than four years below grade level, and she d [...]

The Gift of Literacy

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Megan Saffell is a second grade teacher at Warren Hills Elementary School in Liberty, MO, with over twelve years of teaching experience. At the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Megan shared how rewarding and life-changing it was to go through WRS Certification with her practicum student, Seth.I stumbled upon the Wilson Reading System about three years ago. The more I researched and found out about this amazing system, the more I wanted to be a part of it and learn more about it. It was exhausting seeing kids who were struggling with reading while I was working to do everything I possibly coul [...]