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 by the International Dyslexia Association. This designation recognizes that Wilson Reading System® certifications align with the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for the Teachers of Reading.

2022 Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Workshops

Registration is now open for WRS Introductory Course for August 29, 30, & 31. Individuals wishing to register should complete this form.

Dates: August 29-31, 2022 
Time: 8:00AM – 2:00PM  Central Standard Time
Cost: $679
Location: Online; registrants will be provided with a Zoom workshop link. Handouts will be sent ahead of time.

This three day (16.5-hour) highly interactive remote workshop provides participants with an overview of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification. This course is delivered over three consecutive days and examines reading research and the five areas of reading in relation to students in grade two and above with persistent phonological coding deficits.
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.
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of WRS principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, cumulative, and diagnostic multisensory instruction.
  • Identify the lesson components for Block 1 (Decoding/Word Study), Block 2 (Encoding/Spelling), and Block 3 (Listening & Reading Comprehension) of the WRS Lesson Plan.
  • Prepare a 10-part WRS Lesson plan.

Registrants will be contacted prior to the course and provided a Zoom workshop link.

Wilson® Credentialed Trainer: Tara Montgomery

The WRS Level 1 Certification group starting on August 15 is now full. Registration for the WRS Level 1 Certification group starting on September 15 is now open.  Please complete this form to register.

Cost: $2,750

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: WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader: (Steps 1-6) Online Course and the WRS Level I Steps 1-6 Practicum.
  • WRS Introductory Course (completed within the last five years).
  • Complete the comprehensive course: WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader: (Steps 1-6) Online Course.
  • Conduct 1:1 WRS instruction with a practicum student for a minimum of 65 lessons with a lesson plan written for each lesson. Student must meet selection criteria and be approved by the assigned Wilson® Credentialed Trainer.
  • Be observed five times teaching the practicum student. Each observation is scheduled with the Wilson® Credentialed Trainer and lasts approximately 60-75 minutes.
  • Submit a pretesting report on the practicum student, including educational history and current test results.
  • Develop a Teacher Binder and Student Portfolio and compile student’s written work in accordance with WLT program standards.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the WRS Lesson Plan procedures (documented and approved by Wilson® Credentialed Trainer).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of language concepts through accurate teaching with multisensory procedures.
  • Demonstrate student mastery of reading, spelling, fluency, and comprehension.
  • Conduct pre- and post-testing with two norm-referenced tests, one being the Word Identification and Spelling Test (WIST), and submit posttest data with practicum student final report after a minimum of 65 lessons and achievement of WRS Substep 4.2.
Contact Tara Montgomery at [email protected] for more details.

Wilson® Credentialed Trainer: Tara Montgomery

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

Pay for the Workshop Here

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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