District applicants for the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Trainer Development program must meet the following criteria:
- Salaried school district staff member (3/4 or full time).
- Successful completion of WRS Certification through Level II and a current Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) credential.
- Experience teaching WRS for at least two years after achieving Level II Certification (preferred) or at least four years after achieving Level I Certification. Ample experience using WRS with students outside the practicum will be considered.
- Experience teaching WRS to varying age groups and grade levels.
- Master’s degree in education or related field.
- Substantial background and experience in education.
- Proficiency with Wilson® programs and demonstrated expertise with multisensory language teaching.
- The personality and character needed for instructing, guiding, and mentoring adults.
- Commitment to supporting fidelity/sustainability of Wilson programs within the district for the coming years.
- History of attendance at the WRS Certified Teacher Conference (preferred).
Trainer recommendation also plays an important role in the selection of Interns.
After successful completion of requirements, the intern becomes a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer (W.C.T.) with the expertise to guide and support Wilson Reading System® (WRS) implementation in their district. This professional designation, including the initials W.C.T., can be used according to Wilson Language Training’s policies for as long as the credential is active and maintained.
The Wilson Credentialed Trainer is also able to conduct the following programs:
- WRS Introductory Course
- WRS Level I Certification
- WRS Advanced Strategies for Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) Group Instruction Workshop (if included in the COMPASS Plan for internship year)
- Wilson Fluency®/Basic Workshop
With additional professional learning, a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer (W.C.T.) can conduct WRS Level II Certification professional learning.
Wilson Trainers must maintain their credentials yearly as defined by Wilson Language Training®. They are required to attend the Wilson Trainer Meeting every other year to expand their knowledge about important topics in the field and continue their professional growth. In addition, Wilson® Credentialed Trainers (W.C.T.) need to complete training for any substantial program updates before conducting an event, stay current in the field of reading disabilities, and annually agree to the Wilson® Training Code of Ethics.