Category Archives: School/District Implementation

Raising Scores, Opening Doors

A persistent parent. A determined school psychologist. A responsive administration and school board. When these forces converged in the rural Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District in Georgetown, IL, something extraordinary happened.After implementing Wilsons Tier 2 intervention program, Just Words®, to assist struggling middle school readers, the students standard test scores jumped dramatically, their reading gap with grade-level peers closed significantly, and the district embraced a new approach to teaching basic reading skills.Standard scores are generally very stable and predict [...]

Wilson Little Free Library

Inspired by their communitys commitment to literacy, a group of Wilson Reading System® students in Taylor County, Wisconsin, brought a Little Free Library to their elementary school in Medford. In the process, they gained a valuable, hands-on lesson in civic engagement.During a WRS Step 10 lesson at Medford Area Elementary School (MAES), students read a story about the 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges that have popped up over the past six years in neighborhoods throughout every state in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Dubbed a global sensation by The Wall Street Jour [...]

Promising Practices in Wisconsin

Earlier this year, Wilson In-District Trainer Sara Adamovich was invited to participate in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions Promising Practices Workgroup to develop and share strategies for literacy success. Sara teaches at Eagle River Elementary School (Northland Pines School District), one of only 18 schools identified for the Promising Practices Workgroup because of their high reading achievement growth for students with disabilities. The workgroup was tasked with examining and recommending practices/strategies to increase literacy outcomes for students with disabilit [...]

Fundations Pre-K Rollout at the Tobin School

When Wilson launched the Fundations® Pre-K Activity Sets this fall, the Tobin School was excited to incorporate them into their pre-k and junior kindergarten classrooms. The Tobin School, a private school focusing on early childhood education in Natick, MA, had already been using Fundations Level K to develop literacy skills, so the addition of pre-k was a great fit.  Fundations pre-k activities support students emerging understanding of the alphabetic principles of letter-sound associations and alphabetical order, and the written language skill of manuscript letter formation [...]

Read Every Day!

Students in Rebecca Werthheims 2nd grade class at Asheville City, North Carolinas Claxton Elementary School have been learning Fundations this year and decided to spread their excitement with this video rap titled Read Every Day. Claxtons principal, Kimberly Dechant, says, My kids are growing, and I attribute it to Fundations. I cannot say enough about what this curriculum has done for all my students.' [...]