Wilson® (an Orton-Gillingham derivative) is a highly effective, explicit, and systematic reading/spelling intervention for students with severe language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.
According to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress report (NAEP), millions of students in schools across the nation struggle to read every day.
The Wilson Reading System® Certification program offered at Gordon College provides teachers with the skills needed to help students become fluent, independent readers, using multi-sensory, structured language methodologies and strategies to teach reading and spelling successfully.
The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) designed by Barbara A. Wilson is implemented in public and private schools, literacy volunteer organizations, clinics, adult basic education classes, family literacy programs, correctional facilities and home-school environments across the country. WRS directly teaches the structure of the English language with an emphasis on mastery of the coding system for both reading and spelling.
Earning the Wilson Reading System® Certification will demonstrate that you possess the knowledge you need to work with students who have a diagnosed language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia, as well as those who are reading and/or spelling below grade level.
"The Wilson program provided me with the skills to reach students who have not previously been successful with reading. Although it is designed for one-on-one or very small group remediation, I have also been able to apply many of the strategies to all my reading groups in 3rd grade. Because it uses a multi-sensory approach, I have seen much growth in my lower readers. The program provides a clear sequence of what to teach, explicit guidance on how to effectively teach each new concept, word lists, sentences and stories, so you don't have to spend any time reinventing the wheel. This program has been very teacher-friendly and so effective!"
—Christine Johnson, M.ED in Reading