Fundations Workshop Descriptions

Wilson Language Training® supports educators with the goal of achieving program fidelity and increasing student success. The following courses provide practical application of reading research and will prepare teachers to teach Fundations® in prevention (Tier 1) and/or early intervention (Tier 2) settings in grades K-3.

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Fundations Level K Workshop

Description

The Fundations Level K Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level K curriculum. At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Have a solid background knowledge and understanding of the research base supporting the why and how of Fundations instruction.
  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations Level K: phonological awareness; phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; ways to form the key linkages—letter name, formation and sound; phonics; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; manuscript handwriting, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Prepare a daily Level K learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Build a learning-focused classroom: maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (5 hours)  

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Fundations Level 1 Workshop

Description

The Fundations Level 1 Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level 1 curriculum. At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Have a solid background knowledge and understanding of the research base supporting the why and how of Fundations instruction.
  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations Level 1: phonemic awareness; the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; ways to form the key linkages—letter name, formation and sound; phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; manuscript handwriting, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Prepare a daily Level 1 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Build a learning-focused classroom: maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (5 hours)

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Fundations Level 2 Workshop

Description

The Fundations Level 2 Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level 2 curriculum. At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Have a solid background knowledge and understanding of the research base supporting the why and how of Fundations instruction.
  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations Level 2: phonemic awareness; the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; comprehension strategies; spelling and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Prepare a daily Level 2 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Build a learning-focused classroom: maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (5 hours)

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Fundations Level 3 Workshop

Description

The Fundations Level 3 Workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations Level 3 curriculum. At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Have a solid background knowledge and understanding of the research base supporting the why and how of Fundations instruction.
  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations Level 3: the alphabetic principle; sound mastery; phonics and advanced word study; vocabulary; high frequency/trick words; fluency; cursive handwriting, advanced spelling rules and morphology, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Prepare a daily Level 3 learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Build a learning-focused classroom: maximizing instructional time, learning lesson activities, using questioning to guide student learning and mastery, and encouraging craftsmanship for optimum outcomes.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

One full day (5 hours)

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Fundations Intervention Workshop

Description

This two-day workshop provides guidance for implementing Fundations within a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. It focuses on procedures and strategies for implementing Fundations as an early intervention (Tier 2) program. Specifically included are ways to identify Tier 2 students, plan intervention lessons,  use the Fundations curriculum-based measurement tool, collect and use data to plan and provide targeted student instruction, and include automaticity and fluency practice, including the Wilson Fluency®/Basic program. (Day one is delivered in the fall, and day two is delivered in the winter/early spring.) At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Have a solid understanding how Fundations fits into an MTSS/RTI framework.
  • Know the procedures and strategies for implementing Fundations as an early intervention (Tier 2) program.
  • Identify students who are appropriate for targeted intervention through Fundations.
  • Plan intervention lessons, and differentiate lessons based on students’ needs.
  • Understand the difference between an accuracy lesson and an automaticity lesson and learn to plan for both.
  • Collect and use data to provide targeted student instruction.
  • Effectively use the Fundations curriculum-based measurement tool to monitor a student’s response to the targeted intervention.
  • Include automaticity and fluency practice, including the Wilson Fluency/Basic program.

Prerequisite

Completion of a Fundations Level Workshop

Duration

Two full days (10 hours)

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