Category Archives: Wilson News

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 [...]

The Sharon Parks Memorial Scholarship 2015 Winners

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 [...]

New Dyslexia Specialist Graduate Program Through Fitchburg State University

Wilson is proud to be part of  Fitchburg State University's (FSU) new Dyslexia Specialist Concentration. This graduate program awards an M.Ed. in Special Education and incorporates Wilson Reading System® (WRS) certification into the curriculum.Graduates will earn WRS Level I Certification and WRS Level II Certification along with their masters degree to prepare them to support students with dyslexia. The curriculum also includes courses that focus on the foundations of literacy, address larger educational concerns, and offer a process for successful implementation of best practices. M [...]

Scenes from Wilson’s 2015 Conferences

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 [...]

Dyslexia Understood: Research, Instruction and Awareness held a panel discussion called, Dyslexia Understood: Research, Instruction and Awareness. The panel included top experts on dyslexia, who discussed the latest developments in brain research and instructional methods, and addressed how those advances can help children and their families. The panelists include Barbara Wilson, cofounder of Wilson Language Training.For more information about the event and to view the video, click here. [...]

Scenes from Wilson’s 2014 Conferences

While looking ahead to Wilsons upcoming conferences, we thought you might enjoy viewing this collection of pictures from our 2014 event, which combined the Wilson® Annual Conference for WRS certified educators, Wilson® Trainer Meeting, and Wilson® Leadership Conference for administrators.An incredible gathering of educators joined us July 9-11 in Providence, RI. All groups enjoyed keynote speakers Ron Clark and Dr. Laurie Cutting, and also participated in audience-specific sessions that provided information and insights related to their roles. Networking with peers from across the coun [...]