Author Archives: Amy Gerstle

Fall 2017 Decoder

As the new school year begins, were pleased to announce the publication of the fall issue of The Decoder, Wilsons educational newsletter profiling school and district-wide literacy initiatives, student success stories, professional learning opportunities, and the latest scoop on all things Wilson. We hope you enjoy this issue, which includes a special focus on dyslexia, our 30-year history in the field, and the new Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition. The Decoder provides an opportunity to recognize the meaningful work taking place in Wilson classrooms throughout the country, as wel [...]

Promising Practices in Wisconsin

Earlier this year, Wilson In-District Trainer Sara Adamovich was invited to participate in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions Promising Practices Workgroup to develop and share strategies for literacy success. Sara teaches at Eagle River Elementary School (Northland Pines School District), one of only 18 schools identified for the Promising Practices Workgroup because of their high reading achievement growth for students with disabilities. The workgroup was tasked with examining and recommending practices/strategies to increase literacy outcomes for students with disabilit [...]

Stepping Up with Jessica K.

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 [...]

Fundations Pre-K Rollout at the Tobin School

When Wilson launched the Fundations® Pre-K Activity Sets this fall, the Tobin School was excited to incorporate them into their pre-k and junior kindergarten classrooms. The Tobin School, a private school focusing on early childhood education in Natick, MA, had already been using Fundations Level K to develop literacy skills, so the addition of pre-k was a great fit.  Fundations pre-k activities support students emerging understanding of the alphabetic principles of letter-sound associations and alphabetical order, and the written language skill of manuscript letter formation [...]

Wilson Language Training Earns IDA Accreditation

Wilson Language Training (WLT) and Wilson® Accredited Partners have received accreditation by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). This designation recognizes that Wilson Reading System® certifications align with the IDAs Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.  In 2010 the IDA published these standards which outline the content knowledge necessary to teach reading and writing. IDA now reviews and accredits both university teacher preparation programs and independent teacher training and certification programs that align with the standards. In the summer of 2 [...]

The Gift of Literacy

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 [...]

A Life-Changing Experience

In January 2014, Gabby K. from New Jersey completed Step 12 of the Wilson Reading System®.  One of her tutors, Wilson Trainer Nancy Graham, shared that Gabbys hard work, intrinsic motivation, and ability to now read accurately and fluently have resulted in her earning a grade of A in every subject area during the last two school years.  Gabby is pictured above with her other tutor, Carol Brown (left), during a celebratory lunch. She is now entering high school. Gabby shared her experience:Have you ever wondered what it would be like to not read like the other kids around you? Well, be [...]

Share Your Thanks—World Teachers’ Day on October 5

Wilson salutes the dedication of teachers around the globe in celebration of World Teachers Day. We thank you for sharing your love of learning and making such a positive impact on students lives today and every day.Read more about World Teachers' Day 2015, sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). [...]

New Dyslexia Specialist Graduate Program Through Fitchburg State University

Wilson is proud to be part of  Fitchburg State University's (FSU) new Dyslexia Specialist Concentration. This graduate program awards an M.Ed. in Special Education and incorporates Wilson Reading System® (WRS) certification into the curriculum.Graduates will earn WRS Level I Certification and WRS Level II Certification along with their masters degree to prepare them to support students with dyslexia. The curriculum also includes courses that focus on the foundations of literacy, address larger educational concerns, and offer a process for successful implementation of best practices. M [...]

September 8th is International Literacy Day!

In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Wilson thanks educators around the world who make a difference every day in the lives of their students. We salute the dedication of those who work toward achieving literacy for life and literacy for all.Click to read more about International Literacy Day, sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). [...]