Author Archives: Lydia Fantozzi

Supporting Your Students During Remote and Blended Instruction

Thank you for visiting! Please note we have moved program resources for remote instruction to the Fundations® Virtual Resource Hub, the Wilson Academy Intervention Learning Community for Just Words®, and the Wilson Academy Intensive Learning Community for the Wilson Reading System®.   For Fundations® resources, please log in to the FUN HUB™. Have questions or want to learn more about the FUN HUB™? Visit our information page or FAQ. Use these link for Tier 1 and 2 instruction for students in K-3   For Just Words® resources, please log in to the Wilson Aca [...]

Statement of Solidarity

Over the last two weeks, we have witnessed a massive public outcry concerning racial injustices that have gone on for far too long. We have used this time for careful, honest self-reflection in order to meaningfully articulate the pain and frustration that we, too, feel. We support the brave, peaceful marches for Black Lives Matter, and we abhor any and all actions that put down another human being. Though our words have power, action is needed. We believe this is the right and necessary reason to stand up, as individuals and as a unified nation, to demand a future that is possible only whe [...]

Putting Policy into Practice

The First Step: Passing State Dyslexia Legislation State dyslexia legislation has the potential to provide much-needed support to help students with dyslexia. For example, such laws can mandate early screening to catch children before they experience failure in early grades. They can require teacher preparation and training to better support educators in their understanding of dyslexia and how to provide targeted instruction for their students. The good news is that in 2020, almost every state in the U.S. has either passed dyslexia legislation or has such legislation pending. Much of this leg [...]

Supporting Students During COVID-19 Closures

As a Massachusetts-based company, we are complying with the Governors emergency mandate to limit in-person operations. Please know that we are doing our best to continue to serve you during this period, although our response time may be delayed. Thank you for your patience. During extended school closures due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Wilson Language Training® recognizes that addressing the needs of your students while continuing to keep yourself, your class, and other faculty members safe is important. With that in mind, we have made recommendations to help facilitate ins [...]

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 [...]