Eccles Wilson Scholarship Application

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January 4, 2017

Dear Administrator:

As you know, many reading difficulties can be resolved if effective intervention is provided early in a child's school career. However, up to 10% of all reading difficulties are "treatment resistant" -- a condition often referred to as dyslexia. Students with these difficulties require specialized, intensive intervention from a highly trained professional. Unfortunately, few educators in Utah have the necessary expertise to provide these services.

In response, the University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC)--with much-appreciated donations from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and the Crawford Family Foundation -- has established a scholarship fund for educators to receive professional development in this much-needed area

The scholarships are specifically designed for practicing educators to complete certification for Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I -- a highly effective intervention for students with severe reading difficulties. The UURC is in its fifteenth year of providing this intensive professional development experience and the response has been overwhelmingly positive from educators, parents, and students.

Enclosed is a description of practicum requirements and an application for our 2017-2018 WRS® Level I year-long practicum. This year we have three options available for the practicum delivery.
Option 1: The WRS Level I certification practicum will be taught at our Murray, Utah site.
Option 2: The WRS Level I certification web-based practicum (ideally, but not exclusively, for individuals in areas where a distance model would be appropriate).
Option 3: The WRS Level I certification site-based practicum (6 or more educators from a school or district, observations in your district).

We encourage all interested practicing educators to examine these materials carefully and consider making an application. We also encourage you to make copies of this letter and share it with other potential applicants.

WRS® Level I Certification and UURC Practicum Requirements

  • attend a 3-day WRS® Introductory Workshop at our Murray location (April 25-27, 2017)
  • workshop registration fee is $350 (includes lunch all 3 days)
  • course fee for Level I certification practicum training ($350) covers the cost of 9 University of Utah credits. (The course fee is due when participant accepts scholarship offer.)
  • tutor 1 student at least twice per week (approximately 1 hour/lesson) for a minimum of 60 lessons
  • conduct baseline, progress monitoring, and post assessments
  • attend at least 4 out of 5 WRS® Level I implementation meetings
  • complete 5 tutoring observations with Wilson trainer
  • attend at least 3 out of 4 UURC coaching sessions
  • complete Steps 1-6 of the Wilson online course

It is important to note that this practicum is extremely time-intensive (at least a school year in length) and the requirements described above are mandatory. Trainings, observations, and coaching sessions will be held primarily during the school day. This may necessitate arrangements for substitutes, as well as transportation to and from the UURC for observations.

The total cost of this training exceeds $2,500 per individual. However, educators who receive a scholarship only will be responsible for the following approximate costs:

  • 3-day WRS® Introductory Workshop ($350) or tuition differential ($350) if educator attended a WRS® Introductory Workshop somewhere other than the UURC.
  • all tutoring materials (approximately $175)
  • transportation of self (and student, if applicable) to and from UURC.
  • Web-based only - flexible document camera (e.g., HUE, $50).
  • Wilson Reading System Certification Kit, which includes the WRS Starter Set, one kit per educator (Order #: 978-156778-159-5, approx. $149.00*). WRS 4th Edition Introductory Kit will be required starting in 2018.
  • Access to the Wilson Word Identification and Spelling Test (WIST), available from Wilson or ProEd. We recommend that each district have access to a WIST. A WRS Starter Set that includes a WIST provides a discounted price (Order Item #: WRSCERTSET -- approx. $399.00*).
    • *Prices are subject to change. Visit Wilson Language Training's online store at wilsonlanguage.com/store for current item prices. For ordering assistance contact WLT Customer Support at 800.899.8454.

Given the challenging nature of this practicum, previous participants have found that collegial support is very important. With this in mind, applicants are encouraged to "yoke" their applications in pairs. Priority in the awarding of scholarships will be given to highly qualified pairs of practicing educators working in the same school or district.

Please note that completed applications are due at the UURC no later than (March 3, 2017). Completed applications may be emailed to michele.blake@utah.edu, or brought, or mailed to:

Wilson Scholarship 2017-2018
UURC
5242 South College Drive (approximately 480 West), Suite 100
Murray, UT   84123

Applicants will be notified regarding their status no later than (March 17, 2017).

If participation in the year-long practicum is not feasible during the 2017-2018 school year, interested educators are still encouraged to attend the UURC's 3-day WRS® Introductory Workshop on (April 25-27, 2017). This workshop does not certify educators in Wilson but it does provide valuable training and fills a prerequisite for the WRS® Level I year-long practicum. The registration fee for all attendees is $350, (lunches are included). Educators may register for this workshop here.

We believe this is an exciting opportunity to expand intervention resources for Utah's most impaired readers by providing high quality, intensive professional development for dedicated educators. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship or the practicum options, please contact Ms. Michele Blake at 801-265-3951, michele.blake@utah.edu, or Ms. Grace Craig at 801-265-3951, grace.craig@utah.edu.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kathleen J. Brown, DirectorUniversity of Utah Reading Clinic