Category Archives: Wilson News

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 [...]

Spring/Summer 2019 Decoder

Wilsons newsletter, The Decoder, provides an opportunity to recognize the meaningful work taking place in classrooms, schools, and districts throughout the country, as well as the achievements of once-struggling readers and their supportive teachers. Highlights in the latest issue include an in-depth look at the successful use of Implementation Drivers to promote student success in the Copiague, NY, school district; information about our new Virtual Implementation Support for Fundations® and Just Words®; a peek at Just Words and the Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition in action [...]

Shared Values

The relationship between Wilson Language Training (WLT) and Becker College spans decades. Wilson's first executive director, Janet O'Connor, served as an adjunct professor of early childhood education at Becker, which has campuses in Worcester and Leicester, MA. In 2010, WLT Co-founders Barbara and Ed Wilson were each awarded an Honorary Degree in Humane Letters from the college for their work providing multisensory structured literacy instruction to teachers and students across the country. Most recently, Ed was appointed to Becker's 15-member Board of Trustees. For their commitment to l [...]

Welcome 2019!

What will the Wilson community collectively accomplish during the 8,760 hours that comprise 2019? If this new year is anything like the whirlwind that was 2018, Wilson educators will continue maximizing every moment to provide effective literacy instruction in classrooms across the country. As national dialogue about the importance of early screening and intervention for dyslexia increasingly gains momentum, it is generating greater understanding about the specific educational needs of students with dyslexia as well as effective teacher preparation. Wilsons active support of high-quality a [...]

Fall/Winter 2018 Decoder

Catch up on the latest news in the Fall/Winter issue of The Decoder, featuring school and district-wide literacy initiatives, student and educator success stories, professional learning opportunities, and much more. The Decoder provides an opportunity to recognize the meaningful work taking place in classrooms throughout the country, as well as the achievements of once-struggling readers and the supportive, encouraging teachers who opened the door to literacy. Highlights in this issue include Waterford, CT's commitment to program fidelity and professional learning, our collaboration wi [...]

Going Forth

Educators from the countrys tiniest towns to largest cities gathered in Boston for a deep dive into the newly released Wilson Reading System® (WRS) 4th Edition. More than 400 WRS Certified Teachers and Wilson® Credentialed Trainers (W.C.T.) explored the enhanced Instructor Manual and associated materials in preparation for the upcoming school year in public school districts, private schools, reading centers, and other educational settings. The two-day Conference for Wilson Certified Teachers and the Trainer Meeting featured a variety of general and breakout sessions, along with hands-on [...]

University of Utah Reading Clinic

In Utah, Michele Blake, Grace Craig, and Holly Dean are three in three million. The trio of educators at the University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC) are Wilson® Credentialed Trainers (W.C.T.) in the expansive state of three million residents. Together with UURC Director Dr. Kathleen Brown and other Wilson-trained professionals at the clinic, they are providing intensive multisensory structured language (MSL) instruction to teachers and students from the majestic mountain ranges to the vast desert regions. Established by the states legislature in 1999 and housed within the universitys [...]