By Kara Brechwald | Teacher Leader Specialist
Teachers, special educators, and 13 interventionists, from all of Park City School District’s K-9 schools recently gathered at the University of Utah Reading Clinic for an intensive training in the newly released Wilson Reading System (WRS) 4th edition.
The WRS is an intensive reading program for students with phonological deficits who are not making sufficient progress with other teaching strategies and require multi-sensory language instruction and intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based reading disability.
The first three days of the training were filled with information on the fundamentals of reading, the benefits of multi-sensory structured language instruction, and an overview of all ten steps of the Wilson Reading System.
Day four, the teachers observed a Wilson lesson in action and then collaborated in school teams for student practicums. By the end of the week, the teachers were are prepped with materials and lesson plans to kick off their Wilson Instruction.
This school year, the teachers will continue with training and coaching from certified Wilson trainers as they work toward their own Wilson Instruction Level 1 credentials.
In just three years, PCSD has gone from piloting “Fundations” at one elementary school to implementing instruction for all K-3 students, as well as using extra-Fundations instruction for Tier 2 intervention.
This year, interventionists and teachers, Grades 4-9, are training in “Just Words,” a Wilson curriculum. We will be implementing the program to help struggling readers at the upper elementary level through the junior high level.
All of these Wilson resources, in conjunction with the 13 WRS Level 1 teacher trainees, will create a districtwide continuum of instruction and intervention for all learners.