Author Archives: Lydia Fantozzi

Scenes from Wilson’s 2016 Conferences

Over 350 teachers, trainers, and leaders gathered in Bostons Seaport District to connect with their peers, learn from education experts, and explore the historic city during this summer's 2016 Wilson Certified Teacher Conference, Trainer Meeting, and Leadership Conference. The conference offered an opportunity for  attendees to reenergize, reflect on the past school year, and cultivate new ideas for the upcoming one.Pete Hall, an accomplished educator, speaker, and author, opened the conference with his keynote, Lead On! Drawing on his personal experiences as a principal and educato [...]

Barbara Wilson’s Commencement Speech for Fitchburg State University

On May 21, 2016, Barbara Wilson delivered the commencement speech at Fitchburg State University's undergraduate graduation ceremony. A proud alumna of Fitchburg State University she shared her post-graduate advice about the power of positive action, imagining the goals you want to accomplish, and bringing those goals to life. Barbara advised the new alums to give yourselves time to ponder, wander, to think, to visualize and to dream.Reflecting on her own experiences, Barbara also emphasized the importance of being kind toward others, telling the audience, The way to make our world g [...]

A D.C. Fundations Kindergarten Teacher Shares Words of Wisdom

All eyes seem to be on Marissa McGee's kindergarten classroom.  Marissa's class "has been heralded as a room to watch by D.C.'s public schools," and was visited by teachers last year for professional learning observations. Recently, the teacher from Walker-Jones Education Campus was interviewed by NPR® about her teaching philosophy. For several years now, Wilson has partnered with District of Columbia's public schools to provide coaching and support with Fundations Tier 1 implementation. We are pleased to share Marissa's story and insight! During NPR's visit, Marissa offered her classroo [...]

Teacher Appreciation Week Stories from Inspirational Educators

During our Teacher Appreciation Week Sweepstakes, we asked educators one simple question: "What inspired you to become a teacher?"  In reply, we received over 1,000 thoughtful, motivating, and memorable stories about how teachers, reading specialists, tutors, and special education professionals chose the field of education. Many individuals were inspired by a special teacher they wanted to emulate, parents who instilled a great respect for education, or a special student who inspired them to further their career. Some individuals were motivated by their own struggle with school or a sibli [...]

A Dynamic Duo: Student and Teacher Team Up for Success

In December 2015 Mandy Gilbart, a Wilson Level I Certified educator, reached out to Wilson to share a Carroll County Times article about her remarkable Wilson Reading System® student, Coley. To read the full article, click here. We recently checked in with Mandy to learn more about her journey with Coley and Coley's recent accomplishments. Mandy wrote: I first met Coley in the weeks before the 2014-2015 school year started. She was beginning 8th grade as a new student at Carroll Lutheran School. That August day, I realized she was reading more than four years below grade level, and she d [...]

Announcing the Launch of the Fundations Pre-K Activity Set

For more than a decade, Fundations® teachers have been building the foundational literacy skills of their kindergarten through third-grade students. Over the years, teachers have implored Wilson to bring our multisensory teaching to the preschool classroom, and at last we have done just that! During the 2014-2015 school year, the pre-k set was field tested with great success in more than 53 schools with approximately 1,600 children. As a result, the materials and our guidance are ready for your classroom.The Fundations® Pre-K Activity Set offers an introduction, or pre-dose, to the let [...]

The Sharon Parks Memorial Scholarship 2015 Winners

The Sharon Parks Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of Sharon Bulley Parks, a Wilson Trainer who was committed throughout her life to her students and fellow teachers. The scholarship was established after her passing in 1996. Each year, it is awarded to an educator who has demonstrated the spirit of the Wilson mission in their career and has exemplified a commitment to literacy.At this years conference, two outstanding individualsDaniel Moriarty from Franklin, MA, and Lisa Trobaugh from Newark, NJwere awarded the 2015 Sharon Parks Memorial Scholarship.Daniel Moriarty is current [...]

Scenes from Wilson’s 2015 Conferences

Newport, Rhode Island, was buzzing with 300 Wilson Reading System® Certified teachers and trainers this July during the 17th Annual Conference and Wilson Trainer Meeting. Over the course of three days, participants enjoyed timely keynotes, in-depth breakout sessions, and plenty of opportunities to network with fellow teachers and trainers.Dr. Gordon Sherman, Executive Director of the Newgrange School in Hamilton, New Jersey, and The Laurel School of Princeton, NJ, opened up the conference with his keynote titled Welcome to the Future: Where Diverse Brains Thrive. Describing in great det [...]

Interview with WRS Graduate, Chris A.

Chris A., age 13,  has gone through all 12 Steps of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS). Recently, we caught up with Chris and his mother, Stephanie, to hear about his thoughts on WRS, his progress, and how he is spreading the word about dyslexia.Q: What were some of your favorite parts of the Wilson Reading System? Chris: Well, I like how they try to explain this whole spelling thing. Instead of teaching you to memorize a certain word they teach you the rules to read a word. And just to show you what Wilson can do, here are two WADEs, before and after Wilson. Before, I knew 25% of sounds. Af [...]

Overcoming Adversity

Written by Tom K. Senior about his son and WRS Practicum Student, Thomas, Graduate of the State University of New York, Purchase, NY My son Thomas was my Level I practicum student. Tom was born 13 weeks premature and weighed only two pounds. The doctors were certain he would require special attention throughout his life and prepared us for some rough roads ahead. Tom suffered a grade three brain bleed at birth. As he grew he was diagnosed with a learning disability as well as ADHD. He also has an episodic stutter. When I first attended a Wilson workshop I kept thinking of how this program [...]