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Fundations Workshop Descriptions

Fundations®’ research-based approach and extensive program materials allow K-3 teachers to present a carefully structured reading and spelling curriculum using multisensory techniques. Fundations thoroughly teaches the foundational skills, and significantly supports reading, writing, speaking, and language standards found in states’ rigorous college- and career-ready standards. The program addresses all five areas of reading instruction with an emphasis on systematic phonics and word structure. Learn more about: Virtual Format Fundations Level K Virtual Launch Workshop (Instructo [...]

Response to EdReports on Fundations

Fundations® offers a program deeper and more comprehensive than what is captured by the EdReports rubric. The bullets below identify aspects of the Fundations program not reflected in the review. As a result, the true essence of Fundations is not captured, and comparison using this rubric does not represent Fundations’ significant differences with other programs. While a synthetic, systematic phonics program is essential, it is not sufficient. Fundations goes beyond phonics to thoroughly integrate the instruction of total word structure, including syllable patterns, affixes, [...]

Fundations Conference

The Fundations® Conference is designed for educators who have experience using Fundations and want to deepen their early literacy knowledge. Examine foundational reading skills, including research-based insights and implications for instructional needs, with Barbara Wilson and other leaders in the field. Discover ways to enrich your Fundations practice, strategies to help struggling readers, and implementation tips during engaging sessions. Enjoy networking and sharing experiences with other Fundations enthusiasts from across the country. After our successful inaugural event in [...]

Fundations® is Meaningful & Multisensory in Madison

A year ago, following several months of remote learning, social distancing, and pandemic-related challenges and uncertainty, educators in Madison, CT, met via Zoom to plan for an unpredictable school year ahead. The spring 2020 disruption of critical foundational literacy instruction for emerging readers was a top concern. To remedy this, elementary school literacy coaches, teachers, principals, and other administrators made a bold decision for a pandemic year. Noting the success of Fundations® as a Tier 2 intervention in their district, the educators rolled out the multisensory, structured [...]

Response to EdReports Review of Fundations®

Detailed Response   In addition to the Publisher's Report and Background posted to the EdReports site, please also consider the following comprehensive evidence documents that detail misunderstandings on particular indicators across grade levels.   Fundations Counter Evidence by Indicator Gateway 1 Fundations Counter Evidence by Indicator Gateway 2   Fundations® is widely adopted to thoroughly and systematically solidify students’ foundational skills with a research-based structured literacy approach. Its instructional design is supported by scientific research and inf [...]

Fundations with Fidelity

Inside the cheery, colorful PreK-2 classrooms at Betty McElmon Elementary School, daily, half-hour lessons in Fundations are another bright part of the day. As children experience the thrill of learning to read, teachers and administrators are delighting in their students’ achievements. Now entering its sixth year implementing Fundations, the West Long Branch, NJ, school notes significant increases in student learning outcomes in language arts, shared Principal James Erhardt. Over the past two years, BME has experienced an average 15 percent increase in English Language Arts PARCC scores, h [...]

Fundations Workshops

Each Fundations® Level-specific Virtual Launch workshop and in-person Fundations® Level-specific workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum for the designated Level(s). Teachers should attend the workshop Level that corresponds to the program Level being implemented. The two-day Fundations Intervention Workshop focuses on procedures and strategies for implementing Fundations as an early intervention (Tier 2) program within a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) or a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. Completion of a [...]

Fundations Ready to Rise™

Help your students get "Ready to Rise" to the next level of Fundations® Whether implementing a summer program or looking to provide an intensive boost when returning to school in the fall, the Fundations Ready to Rise™ Program is designed to help teachers instruct their rising first and second graders by targeting foundations skills. To prepare students for the next level, this 20-day program focuses on three key skills: decoding, transcription, and fluency. Foundational Skills for Rising 1st and Rising 2nd Graders Students currently in Kindergarten who will be in First Grade [...]

New for Summer or Back to School: Fundations® Ready to Rise™

Fundations educators throughout the country will soon have access to a new program for young students in need of summer reading support or an intensive boost at the start of the new school year: Fundations Ready to Rise™.  The goal of Ready to Rise™ is to look forward and identify key skills needed for success in the next grade level—not to cover all past content. This emphasis on the future, combined with Fundations’ scaffolded instruction and built-in review, ensures students will be ready for the academic year ahead.  The program is available in t [...]


As a recognized leader in multisensory, structured language programs, Wilson brings more than a decade of systematic and explicit instruction to the K-3 classroom. Based on the Wilson Reading System® principles, Wilson Fundations® provides research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program.  Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students in grades K-3 receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing: Phonemic awareness Phonics/ word [...]