Category Archives: Wilson News

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 [...]

Working Together…Apart

Dear Wilson community, It is our sincerest hope that you, your families, students, and colleagues are staying healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. Amid such uncertainty, there is hope. We see this in the messages and photos from teachers and parents who are finding ways to adapt to current conditions. We commend our colleagues in education for their professionalism and perseverance in responding to this crisis, whether providing remote learning opportunities or supporting the needs of your students, communities, and families in other ways. Your skills and commitment do not go un [...]

Resources for Educators

During extended school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us at Wilson recognize the monumental upheaval this has caused to your personal and professional lives. For many educators, this means quickly transitioning to remote instruction, but others have found this impossible. We know you all are doing your best to support your students, communities, and families during this time and we appreciate all your efforts. Although our physical offices remain closed in compliance with the Massachusetts governors mandate to limit in-person operations, our staff continues to work remotely [...]

Helping Teachers Teach

To continue to meet the demand for Wilson Language Trainings literacy programs, we are growing our national network of Wilson®Accredited Partners to expand access to professional learning opportunities for schools, districts, and individuals. This year, Wilson has licensed four additional organizations to provide professional learning: Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA; Montgomery County Intermediate Unit 23 in Norristown, PA; Banyan School in Fairfield, NJ; and Hyde Park Day School in Chicago, IL. Additionally, the Childrens Health Council/Sand Hill School in Palo Alto, CA, and So [...]

Fairfield University Launches Online Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate

As states continue to enact laws requiring public schools to accommodate the learning needs of students with dyslexia, the importance of preparing new and veteran teachers in effective, multisensory structured literacy is gaining ground as well. During this academic year, Fairfield Universitys Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions launched a fully online, 10-credit certificate program in multisensory structured literacy instruction in partnership with Wilson Language Training.This new program expands opportunities for educators to effectively help students with dyslexia [...]

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 [...]

Year in Review

As 2019 comes to an end, we not only close the books on another year of coast-to-coast literacy instruction, we complete another decade of providing teachers with the skills and knowledge to transform the lives of students of all ages through literacy. Individually and collectively, Wilson educators continue making a positive and significant impact in schools and districts throughout the country. As knowledge and awareness about dyslexia and the acquisition of reading skills continue to expand in the U.S. and internationally, there is an ever-increasing demand for effective, evidence-ba [...]

Response to EdReports on Fundations

Fundations® offers a program deeper and more comprehensive than what is captured by the EdReports rubric. The bullets below identify aspects of the Fundations program not reflected in the review. As a result, the true essence of Fundations is not captured, and comparison using this rubric does not represent Fundations significant differences with other programs. While a synthetic, systematic phonics program is essential, it is not sufficient. Fundations goes beyond phonics to thoroughly integrate the instruction of total word structure, including syllable patterns, affixes, [...]

Virtual Implementation Support

Recognizing that limited time and distance are barriers to in-person sessions for many, Wilson is now offering a new service of live interactive support to districts no matter where they are located. Called Virtual Implementation Support (V.I.S.), this professional learning is geared toward teachers who are new to Fundations® or Just Words® and is delivered over the course of a school year by an Instructional Development Specialist. The online format is well-matched for a variety of schools and districts, including rural districts looking for professional learning and large urban districts [...]

Step Ahead, Together

This summers annual meeting of Wilson® Credentialed Trainers provided an opportunity for educators from 25 states to meaningfully connect with peers, members of the Wilson Fidelity Team, and co-founders Barbara and Ed Wilson. More than 150 Trainers, Literacy Specialists, and Literacy Advisors who instruct and mentor fellow teachers in the Wilson Reading System®  (WRS) in public school districts, private schools, independent reading centers, and other educational settings gathered July 8-9 in Portsmouth, NH, to reflect on the past year of instruction and prepare for the upcoming schoo [...]