Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers

As a Wilson® Accredited Partner, we provide professional learning opportunities for educators and schools to extend their expertise. We are dedicated to providing educators with the knowledge and skills they need to help students.

Wilson Reading System® Workshop and Courses (WRS)

The Wilson Reading System Level I Certification course is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement WRS Steps 1-6 with students who are reading and spelling below grade level as well as those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. It consists of two components: the WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Reader (Steps 1-6) and the WRS Steps 1-6 Practicum.

A critical factor for student success is teacher knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply those in the classroom with students. The WRS Level I Certification course provides instruction that deepens teachers’ content knowledge while providing a supervised practicum that allows teachers to apply and practice skillful use of research-based strategies. Considerable time, effort, and study are required for the WRS Certification course. Each trainee is expected to acquire a very sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English (phonology) and its structure (morphology), as well as the use of specific diagnostic techniques in teaching decoding and encoding, and strategies for vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.

Completion of WRS Level I Certification makes one eligible to receive the professional credential of Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.).

WRS Introductory Workshop

This three-day (16.5 hour or 5.5 hours per day) workshop provides participants with an overview of the WRS curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification. This workshop, delivered over three consecutive days, examines reading research and the five areas of reading in relation to students in grade two through adult with persistent phonological coding deficits. Learn more.

Prerequisite: None.


WRS Level I Certification

The WRS Level I Certification course is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement WRS Steps 1-6 with students who are reading and spelling below grade level as well as those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. It consists of two components: the WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Reader (Steps 1-6) and the WRS Steps 1-6 Practicum. Learn more.

Prerequisite: WRS Introductory Course within the past five years.

Individuals who possess a Master’s degree in education or related field and have completed WRS Level I Certification may seek WRS Level II Certification. This advanced coursework provides in-depth strategies to implement multisensory structured language instruction successfully in group settings and advanced levels of decoding and encoding. 


Just Words®

Just Words is a highly explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4–12 and adults who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency but do not require intensive intervention. The program is designed for students with below-average decoding and spelling scores and should be combined with other literature-rich programs. Learn more.

Prerequisite: None.


WILSON Fluency®/Basic

Students who struggle to read fluently need a lot of practice. Wilson Fluency/Basic supplements your reading curriculum by providing additional reading practice with explicit fluency instruction to develop the application of skills with connected text. The extended reading passages, both narrative and informational, give students the focused practice that helps build accuracy, automaticity, and prosody. Learn more.

Prerequisite: None.


Fundations® Level K-3 & Intervention Workshops

Based on the Wilson Reading System principles, Fundations provides research-based materials and strategies essential to comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting. Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students in grades K-3 receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills. Learn more.

Prerequisite: None.


Fundations® Facilitator Certification

Fundations Facilitators are trained to support teachers using the program within their school district or school, promoting student achievement through fidelity of implementation. Facilitator Certification develops teacher-leaders and a culture of collaborative professional learning that enables school and individual development. Learn more.

Advanced Wilson Reading System Courses (WRS Level II)

Individuals who have completed WRS Level I Certification may seek WRS Level II Certification. This advanced WRS coursework provides in-depth strategies to expand knowledge and practice of the Wilson Reading System.

Completion of WRS Level II Certification makes one eligible to receive the professional credential of Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.). Learn more.

Wilson Reading System Advanced Strategies for Multisensory Structured Language Group Instruction Workshop

This three-day (15-hour) workshop delves into essential techniques and strategies to improve all aspects of WRS group instruction through hands-on practice and discussion, and prepares participants for the Group Mastery Practicum. The workshop examines the specifics of each WRS Block, with an increased focus on vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency instruction. Learn more.

Prequisite: WRS Level I Certification.


Wilson Reading System Group Mastery Practicum

This practicum requires successful delivery of a minimum of 50 lessons with an approved group of three to six students reaching Substep 3.1 or higher, and submission of at least three video-recorded lessons for observation and feedback. Learn more.

Prequisite: WRS Level I Certification and current enrollment in or completion WRS Advanced Strategies for Multisensory Structured Language Group Instruction Workshop within the past three years.


Wilson Reading System Advanced Word Study: Online Course (Steps 7-12)

This advanced coursework provides in-depth strategies to implement multisensory structured language (MSL) instruction. This 55-hour online course provides instruction in advanced concepts of decoding and encoding to effectively use multisensory techniques to teach more complicated structures of the English language. The Advanced Word Study course is aligned with the systematic sequence of Wilson Reading System (WRS) Steps 7-12, including spelling option procedures, additional suffixes, contractions, and the following syllable types: r-controlled, and vowel digraph/diphthong. Detailed instruction is provided for each of the substeps through video demonstrations by Barbara Wilson, animations, text, printable materials, and assessments. Learn more.

Prequisite: Completion of Word Study (WRS Steps 1-6) Online Course.


Wilson Reading System Steps 7-12 Practicum

In the Wilson Reading System (WRS) Steps 7-12 Practicum, participants focus on advanced word study and application of reading and writing skills with progressively more challenging levels of text. The practicum requires successful delivery of a minimum of 50 lessons with an approved student, and submission of at least three video-recorded lessons for observation and feedback. Learn more.

Prequisite: WRS Level I Certification and enrollment or completion of corresponding advanced coursework [WRS Advanced Word Study: Online Course (Steps 7-12)].

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