Author Archives: Lydia Fantozzi

The Sharon Parks Memorial Scholarship 2015 Winners

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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

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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.

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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

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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 [...]

Gina’s Letter of Appreciation

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Donna Forbes is the Assistant Principal of Burr Intermediate School, Commack, NY, where she began as a reading teacher. Her practicum student for WRS Levels I and II certification programs was Gina G., whose progress and enthusiasm for the program, said Donna, "inspired me to become a Wilson District Trainer." Gina just received her BSW, Cum Laude, from Stony Brook University. Donna adds, "Many thanks to the Commack UFSD who continue to value and support Wilson programs in our schools." Hi Mrs. Forbes, How are you? I hope all is well with work and your family. I have some ver [...]

My Journey with Austin

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Wilson from Austin's Perspective  (as told by Misty) Wilson was challenging at first. Then, once I got the hang of it, it was easier. It felt weird at first doing Wilson because I didnt know what a suffix was, a bonus letter, or any other rule. I wasnt even sure about capital and lower-case letters. I had no idea what I was doing. Now, I know what all the rules are from Step 1.1 to 6.1, and I can read! Wilson means learning to me. Wilson has helped me in class and in writing assignments, as well as science and reading in my class. Wilson helped me learn football plays beca [...]