Category Archives: Wilson News

Welcome 2018!

As this new year begins, were continuing the momentum of 2017! We are preparing to launch the 4th Edition of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) and commemorating our 30th anniversary in the field of dyslexia education, multisensory structured language instruction, and professional learning. Individually and collectively, our mutual efforts and achievements are positively impacting teaching and learning throughout the country. At no other time in history has such attention been paid to the issue of providing effective teaching and learning solutions for individuals with dyslexia. We are prou [...]

Fall 2017 Decoder

As the new school year begins, were pleased to announce the publication of the fall issue of The Decoder, Wilsons educational newsletter profiling school and district-wide literacy initiatives, student success stories, professional learning opportunities, and the latest scoop on all things Wilson. We hope you enjoy this issue, which includes a special focus on dyslexia, our 30-year history in the field, and the new Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition.The Decoder provides an opportunity to recognize the meaningful work taking place in Wilson classrooms throughout the country, as well as [...]

2017 Parent Night

Obtaining assistive technology (AT) for students with learning disabilities can seem overwhelming for parents or caregivers. Learning about whats available, how AT can benefit students, who is eligible, and how to collaborate with public schools or districts to acquire services will help demystify and facilitate the process.During our annual Parent Night on October 3, Senior Educational Technologist Nanci Shepardson presented an overview of AT that included a review of students rights under federal laws, guidelines to follow when working with a childs education team to determine appro [...]

2017 Trainer Meeting Recap

Educators from 28 states gathered in the seacoast city of Portsmouth, N.H., during the 18th annual meeting of Wilson® Credentialed Trainers. The two-day meeting in July provided an opportunity for 128 Trainers and 50 Wilson Literacy Specialists and Literacy Advisors to reenergize, reflect on the past school year, and cultivate new ideas for the upcoming year. The upcoming release of the Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition in early 2018, and the enhanced curriculum and materials it will provide to instruct students with dyslexia, was a primary focus throughout the conference. Wilson Language [...]

Ringing in the New Year

A new year provides a perfect opportunity to prepare for the months ahead while also reflecting on the progress and activities of the previous year. While 2016 has come to a close, the gains made by school districts, educators, and students using Wilson® throughout the country will continue to grow as the seasons unfold in 2017.Dyslexia CredentialsAs new dyslexia legislation continues to pass in more states, we have aligned our Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Certification programs with nationally recognized credentialing terminology commonly used in the field.WRS Level I Certified individuals [...]

Third Annual Parent Night

Will my child outgrow dyslexia? How can I best advocate for services for my child? How early should my child be screened?These were among the questions and concerns parents raised during Wilson Language Trainings third annual Parent Night, held October 4 at Wilsons campus in Oxford, MA. The three-hour event, Empowering Parents with Knowledge to Support Students with Dyslexia, provided participants with an opportunity to engage in a frank and informative dialogue with a panel of experts, and Wilson co-founders Barbara and Ed Wilson.Approximately 50 parents from Massachusetts, Connec [...]

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 [...]

Wilson Language Training Earns IDA Accreditation

Wilson Language Training (WLT) and Wilson® Accredited Partners have received accreditation by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). This designation recognizes that Wilson Reading System® certifications align with the IDAs Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.  In 2010 the IDA published these standards which outline the content knowledge necessary to teach reading and writing. IDA now reviews and accredits both university teacher preparation programs and independent teacher training and certification programs that align with the standards. In the summer of 2 [...]

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 [...]