Category Archives: Student Success

From Struggling Reader to Honors Student

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Like many of her peers, Tegan C. will soon be flipping through college brochures and searching websites to determine where shell enroll after graduating from high school. What makes her college search remarkable is that the goal of earning an academic degree once seemed unattainable.The 15-year-old sophomore struggled with reading and writing throughout elementary school and into middle school before being diagnosed with dyslexia. Following intensive training with tutors using the Wilson Reading System® (WRS), she is an honors student at Babylon High School on Long Island, NY, and is looki [...]

Wilson Little Free Library

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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 [...]

Stepping Up with Jessica K.

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In June, Jessica K. achieved two milestones: finishing the fifth grade AND completing all twelve Steps of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS)! Jessica was diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade and had been receiving instruction with the Wilson Reading System from special education teacher and Wilson® trainer Sara Adamovich at Eagle River Elementary School in Wisconsin ever since. She has been in good hands as demonstrated by the for high literacy achievement growth with special education students. As WRS lessons progressed, Sara observed Jessica's progress and increased sense of [...]

A Dynamic Duo: Student and Teacher Team Up for Success

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In December 2015 Mandy Gilbart, a Wilson Level I Certified educator, reached out to Wilson to share a Carroll County Times article about her remarkable Wilson Reading System® student, Coley. To read the full article, click here. We recently checked in with Mandy to learn more about her journey with Coley and Coley's recent accomplishments. Mandy wrote: I first met Coley in the weeks before the 2014-2015 school year started. She was beginning 8th grade as a new student at Carroll Lutheran School. That August day, I realized she was reading more than four years below grade level, and she d [...]

The Gift of Literacy

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Megan Saffell is a second grade teacher at Warren Hills Elementary School in Liberty, MO, with over twelve years of teaching experience. At the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Megan shared how rewarding and life-changing it was to go through WRS Certification with her practicum student, Seth.I stumbled upon the Wilson Reading System about three years ago. The more I researched and found out about this amazing system, the more I wanted to be a part of it and learn more about it. It was exhausting seeing kids who were struggling with reading while I was working to do everything I possibly coul [...]

A Life-Changing Experience

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In January 2014, Gabby K. from New Jersey completed Step 12 of the Wilson Reading System®.  One of her tutors, Wilson Trainer Nancy Graham, shared that Gabbys hard work, intrinsic motivation, and ability to now read accurately and fluently have resulted in her earning a grade of A in every subject area during the last two school years.  Gabby is pictured above with her other tutor, Carol Brown (left), during a celebratory lunch. She is now entering high school. Gabby shared her experience:Have you ever wondered what it would be like to not read like the other kids around you? Well, be [...]

Interview with WRS Graduate, Chris A.

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Chris A., age 13,  has gone through all 12 Steps of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS). Recently, we caught up with Chris and his mother, Stephanie, to hear about his thoughts on WRS, his progress, and how he is spreading the word about dyslexia.Q: What were some of your favorite parts of the Wilson Reading System? Chris: Well, I like how they try to explain this whole spelling thing. Instead of teaching you to memorize a certain word they teach you the rules to read a word. And just to show you what Wilson can do, here are two WADEs, before and after Wilson. Before, I knew 25% of sounds. Af [...]

Overcoming Adversity

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Written by Tom K. Senior about his son and WRS Practicum Student, Thomas, Graduate of the State University of New York, Purchase, NY My son Thomas was my Level I practicum student. Tom was born 13 weeks premature and weighed only two pounds. The doctors were certain he would require special attention throughout his life and prepared us for some rough roads ahead. Tom suffered a grade three brain bleed at birth. As he grew he was diagnosed with a learning disability as well as ADHD. He also has an episodic stutter. When I first attended a Wilson workshop I kept thinking of how this program [...]

Gina’s Letter of Appreciation

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Donna Forbes is the Assistant Principal of Burr Intermediate School, Commack, NY, where she began as a reading teacher. Her practicum student for WRS Levels I and II certification programs was Gina G., whose progress and enthusiasm for the program, said Donna, "inspired me to become a Wilson District Trainer." Gina just received her BSW, Cum Laude, from Stony Brook University. Donna adds, "Many thanks to the Commack UFSD who continue to value and support Wilson programs in our schools." Hi Mrs. Forbes, How are you? I hope all is well with work and your family. I have some ver [...]

My Journey with Austin

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Wilson from Austin's Perspective  (as told by Misty) Wilson was challenging at first. Then, once I got the hang of it, it was easier. It felt weird at first doing Wilson because I didnt know what a suffix was, a bonus letter, or any other rule. I wasnt even sure about capital and lower-case letters. I had no idea what I was doing. Now, I know what all the rules are from Step 1.1 to 6.1, and I can read! Wilson means learning to me. Wilson has helped me in class and in writing assignments, as well as science and reading in my class. Wilson helped me learn football plays beca [...]