Author Archives: Janice O'Connor

WRS Step 12 x 2

Recently, Amy Geary, a Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) and reading consultant in Connecticut, wrote to share the success of two remarkable students who reached the milestone of completing Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Step 12 remotely following school closures this spring. When we received her glowing testaments to rising eighth graders Jayden and Ben, we couldnt wait to spread the joy as well!                                                                                          Dear Wilson,                              [...]

Inspiring One Another

The literacy achievements made by Wilson® educators and students across the country have inspired us for more than three decades.  This past school year certainly was no exception, as Fundations®, Just Words®, and Wilson Reading System® (WRS) teachers, coaches, and trainers abruptly entered uncharted territory: distance learning.  During Teacher Appreciation Month in May, we received more than 800 tributes to teachers who make indelible impressions in the classroom, and more recently, through virtual instruction. Many powered through new COVID-19 rules and major life [...]

Doubling Down on Dyslexia

As identical twins, Bailey and Mackenzie Bennett obviously have a lot in common. Athletic, artistic, and studious, the sisters share another characteristic that theyand those who know themwould not expect: dyslexia.  Although the sisters found reading difficult during their early elementary years, their keen ability to memorize words enabled them to do well in most subjects and helped mask their struggles. As they grew older, however, their literacy challenges became more apparent. Test taking and reading aloud were noticeably difficult, and benchmark testing led to placement in [...]

Teaching and Learning Resources for 2020-2021

Whether the 2020-2021 school year finds K-12 teachers and students back in the classroom, working remotely, or engaging in a combination of the two, Wilson will be here. We will be here with new and enhanced tools and resources. We will be here with remote professional learning opportunities for districts and individual educators. We will be here to support you at every turn and make this school year as exceptional, enjoyable, and educational as any otherwhatever challenges it may bring. Now more than ever, we need creative, collaborative solutions to achieve literacy for all students, [...]

Parents’ Appreciation

This spring, during Teacher Appreciation Month, we asked the greater Wilson®community to share their tributes to Wilson educators. We heard from educators across the country, as well as many parents who shared how Wilson Reading System® (WRS) teachers made a tremendous difference in the lives of their children. Kristin C. is the reason my 16-year-old son can read, shared Lisa A. of New York. He was defeated and angry with reading and school in generalShe refused to give up on him, all the while promoting his self-esteem and celebrating his accomplishments. He is now in honors [...]

McDaniel College Partners with Wilson to Offer Online Dyslexia Certification

McDaniel Colleges Reading Specialist: Literacy Leadership masters degree program has partnered with Wilson Language Training to offer a new 10-credit dyslexia specialization, which includes Level I Certification in the Wilson Reading System® (WRS). McDaniel is the first higher education institution in Maryland to partner with Wilson to offer this online certification. The Wilson Reading System is an intensive reading program for students in grades 2-12 and adults with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction, [...]

Introducing: The FUN HUB™

Whether the 2020-2021 school year finds teachers and students in classrooms, at home, or in a combination of the two, Wilsons new Fundations® Virtual Resource Hub, or FUN HUB for short,  will be there to support instruction. A site containing resources to support Fundations teachers, their students, and families, the FUN HUB will launch in August and be available at no charge throughout the 2020-2021 school year to Fundations teachers and schools and districts that implement Fundations in their English Language Arts programs. The FUN HUB will provide an easy way for teachers to share di [...]

Building Sustainability

When last years national test scores showed that two thirds of the countrys fourth graders were reading below proficiency, educators in Chippewa Falls, WI, were well aware of this persistent, sobering statistic. Over the past several years, theyve been steadily and strategically tackling this challenge in their own schools using Wilsons multisensory structured literacy programs. Recently, literacy leaders from the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District shared how administrators and teachers successfully implemented Wilsons tiered programs as part of their K-5 English Langu [...]

Teacher Appreciation Month

From the countrys largest cities to its smallest towns, Wilson educators are going the extra mile to instill in their students strong literacy skills and a love for reading, making a lasting impression on their colleagues as well!  During Teacher Appreciation Month, more than 850 educators and parents shared how these inspiring Fundations®, Just Words®, and Wilson Reading System® teachers are rocking it in the classroom, and given this unprecedented spring  from the home front. We thank everyone who wrote in to express the many attributes Wilson teachers hav [...]

Sharing the Gift of Literacy

At age 9, Michelle D. set a goal for her future self. When she was old enough, she vowed, she would drop out of school and leave the frustration and anxiety associated with learning to read behind her. Fortunately, that didnt happen. Instead, new dreams are coming true for the 20-year-old New Hampshire resident. Diagnosed with a speech impediment at age five and dyslexia at age eight, Michelle struggled in elementary school. I had this constant fear that I would get picked to read in class or have to go up to the board and write words that I had no clue how to read, never mind write, [...]