Applying Implementation Science to Literacy Development

Wilson Language Training® (WLT) integrates the tenets and methodologies of implementation science to guide the introduction of literacy interventions in a manner that allows schools, districts, and their students to realize the benefits of the intervention and sustain these benefits over time. Utilizing the relatively new discipline of implementation science, Wilson® collaborates with schools and districts to ensure that all the activities necessary for effective program implementation are thoughtfully planned and put into place during the school year.

The implementation activities that WLT outlines for the district implementation team are described in each COMPASS Plan. The level of detail provided ensures that the purpose is clear and supportable and that all stakeholders understand the development of the literacy skills of their students.

When interventions are introduced, frequently it is presumed that the program or practice is implemented automatically, as if no other activities or processes need to be considered or undertaken. That phenomenon can be restated as wanting it (the intervention) to happen. With the incorporation of implementation science practices into COMPASS plans, the district team is more likely to make it (the intervention) happen, achieving the intended outcome. When faced with the realities of most school districts, successful implementation outcomes should not be assumed any more than successful intervention outcomes are assumed.

WLT does not intend to train the district team to use implementation science. Rather, implementation science practices will be integrated into your district’s plan to improve the outcomes of students using Wilson literacy interventions.

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