Category Archives: School/District Implementation

Educator Point of View

As a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer (W.C.T.), I have supported dozens of teachers over the years as they pursued their Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I or Level II Certification and persevered through the inevitable challenges this undertaking entails in the best of times. When the 2019-2020 school year began, our seven WRS Level I candidates immediately started seeing success with their practicum students and were excited about the deeper understanding of foundational reading skills they were gaining. They soaked it all in as both learner and teacher. As we transitioned to remote learni [...]

McDaniel College Partners with Wilson to Offer Online Dyslexia Certification

McDaniel Colleges Reading Specialist: Literacy Leadership masters degree program has partnered with Wilson Language Training to offer a new 10-credit dyslexia specialization, which includes Level I Certification in the Wilson Reading System® (WRS). McDaniel is the first higher education institution in Maryland to partner with Wilson to offer this online certification. The Wilson Reading System is an intensive reading program for students in grades 2-12 and adults with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction, [...]

Building Sustainability

When last years national test scores showed that two thirds of the countrys fourth graders were reading below proficiency, educators in Chippewa Falls, WI, were well aware of this persistent, sobering statistic. Over the past several years, theyve been steadily and strategically tackling this challenge in their own schools using Wilsons multisensory structured literacy programs. Recently, literacy leaders from the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District shared how administrators and teachers successfully implemented Wilsons tiered programs as part of their K-5 English Langu [...]

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 [...]

Transformative Teaching

Recently nicknamed Kindness, USA, Gilbert, AZ, is noted as one of the fastest growing communities in the country. As the ever-expanding town in the Phoenix suburbs prepares for its centennial celebration in 2020, the Gilbert Unified School District is also marking 15 years as a Wilson district. In the mid-2000s, Gilbert educators paid heed to recommendations regarding the science of reading: All early learners, particularly those showing signs of reading difficulty, benefit from explicit, structured literacy instruction to develop foundational literacy skills that are crucial fo [...]

Unlocking Opportunities

Eight years ago, Ohio teacher Angela Haning made a binding promise to her first class of students. The fifth graders made her pinkie swear she would attend their high school graduation in 2019. When they reunited at the ceremony this past spring to celebrate, Angie and her former students laughed, shed a few tears, and shared what theyve learned over the years. While the graduates were busy acquiring knowledge and skills in preparation for a new chapter in their lives, Angie, a middle school English Language Arts teacher, was doing the same. Earlier this year, she added Wilson® Dysl [...]

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 [...]

Fundations with Fidelity

Inside the cheery, colorful PreK-2 classrooms at Betty McElmon Elementary School, daily, half-hour lessons in Fundations are another bright part of the day. As children experience the thrill of learning to read, teachers and administrators are delighting in their students achievements. Now entering its sixth year implementing Fundations, the West Long Branch, NJ, school notes significant increases in student learning outcomes in language arts, shared Principal James Erhardt. Over the past two years, BME has experienced an average 15 percent increase in English Language Arts PARCC scores, h [...]

Sustainable Syracuse

In 2008, the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) in central New York entered into the world of Wilson® with great hopes and expectations as well as a solid plan for consistent, in-district training that would allow educators to provide expert instruction and improve student outcomes. Since then, the district of 21,700 students and 1,750 teachers has maintained high-quality Wilson professional learning that is ongoing, job embedded, and focused on strengthening teacher practice and student learning, shares Francine Grannell, the districts Director of Professional Development. We [...]

Virtual Mentoring

Live, interactive mentoring in Fundations® and Just Words® is coming to a screen near you! Following a yearlong pilot program with public school educators in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Wilson Language Training® (WLT) will begin this fall offering virtual mentoring in these two multisensory structured language programs. Delivered over the course of a school year by a Wilson® Literacy Specialist, virtual mentoring is designed for educators who are new to either program, or are seeking to deepen their understanding of efficient program delivery from the comfort and convenience of their o [...]