Wilson Reading System Introductory Course

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 7/25/2022 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 7/22/2022 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 5
Agency Contact: Maggie Trenda
Agency Assistant: Julie Beckwith 608-745-5472
Location: CESA 5
626 E. Slifer St
Portage, WI 53901
Facility: Main Conference Room
8/1/2022 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
8/2/2022 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
8/3/2022 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Introductory course provides participants with an overview of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) 4th Edition curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification. Over three consecutive days (16.5 hours), this course examines how WRS addresses the teaching of phonemic awareness, word identification, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension through an integrated study of phonology, morphology, and orthography with students in grades two and above with persistent phonological coding deficits.

Participants learn about reading research, dyslexia, appropriate student identification and placement, program implementation, progress monitoring, scheduling, and creating a successful learning environment. Principles of language structure and how to teach language with direct, multisensory methods are demonstrated and practiced during the course. Participants explore the standard 10-part Wilson Lesson Plan and practice planning and delivering a lesson while receiving modeling and feedback from a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer during the course.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define dyslexia and describe common characteristics.

  • Explain the process of identifying appropriate students and placing them in the Wilson Reading System.

  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential and cumulative, engaging multiple learning modalities with multisensory techniques, repetition, and feedback.

  • Create an optimal learning environment, prepare a lesson plan, and practice techniques.

  • Understand the key components of instruction and presentation of lessons in three blocks:

    • Block 1 – Word Study/Foundational Reading Skills: Lesson Plan Parts 1-5

      • Phonemic Awareness, Decoding, Vocabulary, High Frequency Word Reading, Single-Word Accuracy/Automaticity, Phrasing/Prosody, Fluency and Comprehension at the Sentence Level

    • Block 2 – Spelling/Foundational Writing Skills: Lesson Plan Parts 6-8

      • Phoneme Segmentation, Encoding (Spelling), English Spelling Rules, High Frequency Word Spelling, Vocabulary, Concept Mark Up, Sentence-Level Punctuation and Proofreading

    • Block 3 – Fluency/Comprehension: Lesson Plan Parts 9-10

      • Vocabulary, Listening/Silent and Oral Reading Fluency and Comprehension, Narrative and Informational Text

Registration Fee (complete series): $500 for CESA 5 School Improvement Services Consortium Members
                                                                   $750 for Non-Members
*Breakfast and lunch will be provided.*

Participants are encouraged to have a WRS Introductory Starter Set at the time of the course. However, these are not "required" materials to attend. If participants are planning on implementing the program, they will need a WRS Introductory Starter Set.  It includes the instructor materials and materials for one student.

Graduate Credit: One graduate credit (optional) is available through Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA upon completion of course requirements.

Upon Completion: Participants will not be Wilson certified at the end of the 3-Day course; however, they can begin using WRS in a 1:1 or small-group setting. 

PLEASE NOTE: Wilson Reading System is an intensive reading intervention for 1:1 or small group instruction. (It is not a Tier 1 curriculum.) It is typically used in special education classrooms or reading specialist resource rooms.     

This workshop is offered through a Wilson® Accredited Partner. Wilson® Accredited Partner status affirms that the Partner meets Wilson Language Training standards for excellence in the delivery of Wilson® professional learning and business practices, and has been reviewed by Wilson Language Training.

Overnight accommodation suggestion:

Best Western Resort Hotel 


Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a full refund if they cancel before 10 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Because of our commitment to the trainer and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 10 working days or do not attend, will be billed the full fee. CESA 5 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. Inclement weather policy: Every effort will be made to hold an event. CESA 5 will notify participants via email as soon as possible if an event has been canceled due to weather conditions.