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. 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.

2020 Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Workshops

Dates: May 3-5, 2021 
Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM  Central Standard Time
Cost: $649
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.

There is now a waiting list for this program.  To request permission to register, please contact Tara Montgomery at tmontgomery@hydeparkday.org.

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

Wilson® Credentialed Trainer: Tara Montgomery

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Two different starting dates will be offered for WRS Level I Certification: April 2021 and August 2021.

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: the WRS Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6) and the WRS Level I Steps 1-6 Practicum.
  • WRS Introductory Course (completed within the last five years).
  • Complete a comprehensive online course: WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1-6).
  • 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 posttesting 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 tmontgomery@hydeparkday.org for more details.

Wilson® Credentialed Trainer: Tara Montgomery

Pictures of our Wilson® Credentialed Trainer, Tara Montgomery, and HPDS WRS Level 1 Certified Instructors.

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If you do not see a workshop of the type and timeframe you are looking for, please contact Tara Montgomery at tmontgomery@hydeparkday.org to discuss your specific needs.

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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