WRS Introductory Course

WRS Introductory Course Description

This 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 grade 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 WRS 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

Participants may enroll in the WRS Level I Certification Training or the online course WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1-6) within five years of completing a WRS Introductory Course.

Prerequisite

None

Duration

3 consecutive days (16.5 hours)

Graduate Credit

One graduate credit (optional) is available through Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA upon completion of course requirements. Please see Process for Graduate Credit for details.

Current Offerings for Individual Teachers

Wilson Reading System Introductory workshops currently scheduled for individuals are listed below. Please check back periodically for updates.

Current Offerings for Schools and Districts

Schools and districts considering or currently implementing the Wilson Reading System may be interested in professional learning for a group of their educators.  Contact us to explore development of a comprehensive plan to achieve success and sustainability.

08/04/2020 - 08/06/2020 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

$700 OR $1030 w/WRS Introductory Set, 4th Edition

WRS Introductory Course

LOCATION: 

Maggiano's Little Italy Banquets

Oak Brook Shopping Center

240 Oakbrook Center

Oak Brook, IL 60523

TUITION:  Includes Continental Breakfast, Family Style Luncheon, & Afternoon Snacks

 

08/25/2020 - 08/27/2020 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

$700 OR $1030 w/WRS Introductory Set, 4th Edition

WRS Introductory Course

LOCATION: 

Maggiano's Little Italy Banquets

Oak Brook Shopping Center

240 Oakbrook Center

Oak Brook, IL 60523

TUITION:  Includes Continental Breakfast, Family Style Luncheon, & Afternoon Snacks

 

09/01/2020 - 09/03/2020 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

$700 OR $1030 w/WRS Introductory Set, 4th Edition

WRS Introductory Course

LOCATION: 

Maggiano's Little Italy Banquets

Oak Brook Shopping Center

240 Oakbrook Center

Oak Brook, IL 60523

TUITION:  Includes Continental Breakfast, Family Style Luncheon, & Afternoon Snacks

 

09/15/2020 - 09/17/2020 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

$700 OR $1030 w/WRS Introductory Set, 4th Edition

WRS Introductory Course

LOCATION: 

Maggiano's Little Italy Banquets

Oak Brook Shopping Center

240 Oakbrook Center

Oak Brook, IL 60523

TUITION:  Includes Continental Breakfast, Family Style Luncheon, & Afternoon Snacks

 

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Contact Us

Our Location

Learning Techniques, Ltd

 

1600 Ravinia Place

Orland Park, IL  60462

P:  708.460.3933

F:  708.575.0402

tina@learningtechniquesltd.com

Hours

To accommodate the busy schedules of students and their families, we maintain a flexible-hour schedule six days per week, Monday through Saturday, throughout the year. One-hour learning sessions are scheduled at times that are mutually convenient for students, families and teachers, including mornings, afternoons and evenings, weekdays and weekends. Summer programs are also available.