Virtual: Wilson Reading System Intro Course (Grades 2-12)

July 31, 2023
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Note: This is the first step for Level 1 certification.

This will be an interactive workshop, all participants are expected to have their cameras on.

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is the flagship program of Wilson Language Training® and the foundation of all other Wilson programs. WRS is an intensive Tier 3 program for students in grades 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits who are not making sufficient progress through their current intervention; have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies and require multisensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. 

As a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program, students learn fluent decoding and encoding skills to the level of mastery. From the beginning Steps of the program, students receive instruction in: 

  • Word structure (in depth) for automatic decoding and spelling 

  • Word recognition and spelling of high frequency words, including irregular words 

  • Vocabulary, word understanding, and word-learning skills 

  • Sentence-level text reading with ease, expression, and understanding 

  • Listening comprehension with age-appropriate narrative and informational text 

  • Reading comprehension with narrative and expository text of increasing levels of difficulty 

  • Narrative and informational text structures 

  • Organization of information for oral or written expression 

  • Proofreading skills 

  • Self-monitoring for word recognition accuracy and comprehension 

Other Details:

  • No one will be turned down due to cost. If you have any issues making the full payment or have general questions, please email
  • For educators working in NYC Day Schools/ Yeshivot only.

CTLE credits are available upon request.

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About the Presenter

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Sharon Grunfeld is a Wilson Language Literacy Specialist, who conducts professional learning workshops via site-based and online interactive meetings for teachers in diverse school communities. She provides coaching and program certifications for all Wilson Language® programs. Sharon has extensive experience supporting Tier 1, 2, and 3 classrooms in urban, ENL, and Title I settings. Prior to joining Wilson Language Training, she had a 31-year career at the NYC Department of Education as a teacher, Special Education Supervisor, Administrator, and Wilson In-District Trainer. Additionally, she has designed and presented professional development programs for teachers and administrators in the areas of Collaborative Team-Teaching, Vocabulary Development, Fluency, Comprehension Strategies, Informal Assessments, and Adapting Curriculum. Sharon is a graduate of the Ramaz School. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master's Degrees in Special Education and School Administration. She is a Wilson® Certified Trainer (W.C.T.) and Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.).