WRS Trainer Development

Each year, Wilson invites a limited number of applicants to train for one full year as Wilson Reading System® (WRS) trainer interns. To be eligible, individuals must have completed WRS Level I Certification and WRS Level II Certification, along with other prerequisites described below. Individuals who successfully complete the internship become WRS Trainers, who are then able to conduct and supervise WRS programs as part of their job responsibilities.


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The school district must commit to having a COMPASS Plan in place for the internship year. To support the internship, the district must also assign 6 to 10 participants to the WRS Level I Certification program for the upcoming school year.

When selecting a candidate to become an intern, the school district must be cognizant of the ongoing roles and responsibilities of that individual after completing their internship. An intern must be a salaried school district staff member (3/4 or full time) with designated time in their work schedule to support teachers.

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Applicants for the WRS Trainer Development program must meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree in education or related field.
  • Substantial background and experience in education.
  • Extensive experience with varying age groups.
  • Successful completion of WRS Certification through Level II.
  • Experience using the WRS for at least two years after achieving Level II Certification (preferred) or at least four years after achieving Level I Certification. Ample experience using WRS with students outside the practicum will be considered.
  • Proficiency with Wilson® programs and demonstrated expertise with multisensory, structured language instruction.
  • The personality and character needed for instructing, guiding, and mentoring adults.
  • Commitment to supporting fidelity/sustainability of Wilson programs within the district for the coming years.

Trainer recommendations also play an important role in the selection of Interns.

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One school year

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  • Attend initial intern session during the summer in Oxford, MA (dates determined annually).
  • Intern at a WRS Level I site in intern’s district with a Wilson Trainer.
    • Observe Start-Up Seminar.
    • Conduct practicum observations and provide support for a minimum of 4 out of the 6 to 10 participants.
    • Assist trainer with five Implementation Meeting presentations.
  • Attend second intern session during the winter time frame in Oxford, MA (dates determined annually).
  • After second intern session:
    • Complete a WRS Online Introductory Course and participate in a web conference with a Wilson Fidelity Team member.
    • Observe a WRS Advanced Strategies for MSL Group Instruction workshop (site or district) and participate in a web conference with a Wilson Fidelity Team member.
  • Obtain satisfactory evaluation from supervising Wilson Trainer and submit required paperwork to Wilson.

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Upon Completion

After successful completion of requirements, the intern becomes a WRS Trainer with the expertise to guide and support WRS implementation in their district. The WRS Trainer is also credentialed to conduct the following programs:

  • WRS Introductory Workshop
  • WRS Level I Certification
  • WRS Advanced Strategies for Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) Group Instruction Workshop
  • Wilson Fluency®/Basic Workshop

With additional professional learning, the Wilson Trainer can conduct WRS Level II Certification.

WRS Trainers must maintain the credentials yearly as defined by Wilson Language Training®. They are encouraged to attend the Wilson Trainer Meeting annually to expand their knowledge about important topics in the field and continue their professional growth.

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