Wilson Reading System® (WRS)
Professional Learning

Hyde Park Day School is pleased to announce that it has received Wilson® Accredited Partner status by Wilson Language Training® (WLT). This status affirms that the school meets WLT’s standards for excellence in the delivery of Wilson® professional learning programs and adheres to ethical business practices when managing those services.

As an accredited partner, Hyde Park Day School is now licensed by WLT to provide professional learning, including courses and certifications, to school districts and teachers in the highly respected Wilson Reading System® (WRS) program.

The Wilson Reading System® is an intensive reading program for students (grades 2-12) and adults with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. It is an explicit, multisensory structured literacy program based on Orton-Gillingham principles and the science of reading. It directly and systematically teaches the structure of the
English language.

Wilson Language Training® and Wilson® Accredited Partners have received Accreditation Plus designation by the International Dyslexia Association® (IDA). This designation recognizes that Wilson Reading System® certifications align with the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

2022 Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Workshops

To register for the Virtual WRS Introductory Course on December 13-15, please fill out this form.

Dates: December 13-15, 2022 
Time: 8:00AM – 2:00PM  Central Standard Time
Cost: $679
Zoom (link will be sent after registration is complete)

This 16.5-hour course provides participants with an overview of the Wilson Reading System (WRS) and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification Training. This course examines the intensive intervention reading instruction necessary for students in grade two and above with persistent and significant phonological-coding deficits. Participants learn about dyslexia (indicators, misconceptions, neurobiological aspects, and prevalence), typical versus atypical reading acquisition, appropriate student identification and placement, and key components and principles of instruction, including the factors necessary for high-quality program implementation. How to teach phonology (including phonemic awareness), morphology, and orthography in an integrated, explicit, systematic, and multisensory way is demonstrated and practiced during the course. Participants explore the standard ten-part WRS Lesson Plan and practice planning, delivering, and individualizing a WRS Lesson while receiving modeling and feedback from a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer.

Course Objectives:
• Define dyslexia and understand its prevalence and impact on the acquisition of reading skills and cognitive processes.
• Explain the process of identifying students with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia, or other characteristics that indicate the need for intensive, multisensory instruction with the Wilson Reading System.
• Understand the Response to Intervention (RTI) model and how to implement it.
• Demonstrate understanding of the Key Components of WRS Instruction: alphabetic knowledge, rapid naming skills/word retrieval, sound-symbol relationships, word identification, accuracy, automaticity, phonology, morphology, orthography, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
• Demonstrate understanding of the WRS Principles of Instruction: direct, explicit, structured, sequential, integrated, multisensory, synthetic, analytical, diagnostic, prescriptive, mastery/automaticity, cumulative, metacognitive, and emotionally sound.
• Identify the lesson components and procedures for Lesson Block 1 (word study/foundational reading skills), Lesson Block 2 (spelling/foundational writing skills), and Lesson Block 3 (fluency/comprehension) of the WRS Lesson Plan.
• Practice and prepare a ten-part WRS Lesson Plan.

Registrants will be contacted prior to the course.

Tara Montgomery
Wilson® Credentialed Trainer
WRS Level II Certified
Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner

Registration for WRS Level 1 Certification is full for the 2022-23 school year and has closed.  To inquire about future training opportunities, please contact [email protected]

Pictures of our Wilson® Credentialed Trainer, Tara Montgomery, and HPDS WRS Level I Certified Instructors.

Pay for the Workshop Here

*Note: Credit card charges will appear under our legal name, the Leslie Shankman School Corporation.

If you do not see a workshop of the type and timeframe you are looking for, please contact Tara Montgomery at [email protected] to discuss your specific needs.

Past Professional Learning Opportunities

Dates: August 10-12, 2021

Time: 8:00AM -3:30 PM

Cost: $550.00 includes all materials, manipulatives, handouts, and daily lunch

Location: Hyde Park Day School Chicago Campus, 6254 South Ellis, Chicago IL

This workshop/course is a shortened version of the 30 hour graduate level course which has been offered online and at universities. It includes the research, rationale and principle strategies we use in a multisensory math approach to teaching all students, not just students with special needs. It is designed for use in inclusion classrooms, small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring or home schooling circumstances.

This workshop/course is unique in that it includes additional content not normally part of the three day multisensory math experience. It includes a segment on helping students with word problems, a segment on the multisensory lesson plan and strategies for intervention.

The approach is based on the neuroscience of math learning, the best recommendations from major research institutions and the principles of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with CRA (Concrete, Representational, Abstract) instructional method.
  • Create and use manipulatives to apply to their teaching.
  • Understand the importance of using intentional language processes in math.
  • Learn about the processing areas of different levels of math and how they align with language disabilities.
  • Develop lesson plans that can reach every learning need in one classroom.
  • Differentiate instruction for various levels of student needs within one lesson.
  • Find inexpensive, time-saving, creative ways to teach the how and why of math using multisensory methods.

Marilyn Zecher M.A., CALT

A nationally certified Academic Language Therapist and former classroom/demonstration teacher, Ms. Zecher is a specialist in applying multisensory strategies to a variety of content areas. She trains nationally for The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville MD. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, Ms Zecher specializes in evidence-based methods and interventions for all students but which are especially effective with students with learning differences. She teaches two graduate level Multisensory Math courses, and gives workshops on multisensory math, structured literacy as a component of ELA classrooms, written language & study skills.

Ms. Zecher will be presenting virtually with onsite facilitation from Multisensory Math Practitioners Sarah Imboden and Marisa Churchill.

Are you ready to get started?

Please contact HPDS directly at 847.446.7025. We look forward to assisting you in determining the best educational placement for your child.

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