Wilson Reading System®

The UURC offers a variety of trainings in the Wilson Reading System® (WRS).

4th Edition - Wilson Reading System®

The WRS 4th Edition builds on over 30 years of proven success and provides teachers with explicit guidance and resources in word structure, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

Wilson 4th Edition Materials

What's New & Enhanced in the 4th Edition?

The WRS 4th Edition has been updated extensively. The cost of the WRS 4th Edition (Steps 1-6) set is $299. The WRS 4th Edition must be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training. For questions and further information, please call Wilson Language Training Customer Support Center at 800.899.8454 (available Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm ET).
With this new edition, teacher and student resources incorporate all the research-based best practices that have been a part of WRS teacher professional learning courses for many years.

The WRS 4th Edition includes the following revisions - and more!

  • WRS 4th Edition (Steps 1-6) set, cost is $299
  • Expanded Instructor Manual
  • Focus on core/academic vocabulary
  • Block 3 Guide for fluency and comprehension
  • Predetermined high frequency words
  • Enhanced student progress monitoring
  • Phrases with high frequency words for dictation
  • Minor scope & sequence changes, specifically related to morphology
  • Integrated and systematic instruction of phonology, orthography, and morphology, including direct teaching of prefixes and Latin & Greek word elements
  • New and revised sentences and stories in Student Readers with high frequency, core, and academic words included

WRS Certification training has a practicum training course fee ($350) with UURC scholarship.

Scholarship Application
Introductory Workshop Reservation (August 27,28,29, 2019) OR (September 10,11,12, 2019)

WRS Level I Certification fulfills the Tier III practicum requirement of the USBE Reading Interventionist Endorsement.
For more information on the Reading Interventionist Endorsement go to: https://www.schools.utah.gov/file/bd67c0ac-88ad-46c0-b3be-420719e26177

WRS Overview:

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) authored by Barbara A. Wilson and published by Wilson Language Training Corporation, is a remedial program based on reading research and Orton-Gillingham principles. WRS is appropriate for students who have difficulty with the word level in the areas of decoding and spelling. WRS has proven to be effective with severely dyslexic students as well as mildly disabled readers with a language-based learning disability. The program benefits:

  • Students with dyslexia or a language-based learning disability
  • Students unable to decode accurately:
    • Slow, labored readers who lack fluency
    • Student who may know many words by sight, but have difficulty reading new words and "nonsense" syllables
    • Students who often guess at words
  • Students able to speak and understand English, but not read or write it (such as ESL students)
  • Poor spellers
  • Students unsuccessful with other reading programs or who still have "gaps" in their decoding and/or spelling

WRS ensures that all essential components of reading are addressed while focusing on the student's main deficit. In addition to directly teaching each concept for decoding and spelling, WRS lessons address:

  • Phonological awareness, phonemes, and in-depth word study, using a unique "sound tapping" system.
  • Vocabulary instruction - targeting 2/3 words in each Substep - providing student friendly definitions, using words in sentences, and adding words to the vocabulary section of student's notebook. Provides two levels of vocabulary, making their program appropriate for students in elementary, middle, and high school.
  • Fluency - beginning with accurate, automatic word reading and developing phrasing/prosody reading connected text.
  • High frequency /sight word instruction - teaching is multisensory using kinesthetic and tactile memory
  • Proofreading - specific procedure to check for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
  • Comprehension -listening and reading comprehension utilizing a three step visualization process and retelling in the student's own words.

WRS compensates for student retrieval issues and builds student self-reliance by incorporating support tools and strategies such as questioning/cueing for error correction and developing a student notebook. WRS uses criterion-based assessments built into the program to measure student progress and success.

Materials for Implementation:

  • WRS 4th Edition Introductory Kit, which includes (Instructor Manual Steps 1-6, Student Readers Steps 1-6, Rules Notebook, Student Notebook, Dictation Book, Sampling of Steps 1-6 Word Cards, High Frequency Words, Word Element & Syllable Cards, Magnetic Journal & Magnetic Tiles, Letter-Sound Cards, WADE Assessment, End of Step Assessment Materials), one kit per educator *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. Cost $299.00*, Item#: W4INTROSET, ISBN# 978-1-56778-648-4.)
  • Access to the Word Identification and Spelling Test (*WIST), available from Wilson Language Training or ProEd. Although copies of the WIST are available for loan from the UURC, we recommend that if you are a significant driving distance from Murray you purchase at least one WIST kit for your district or school.
  • Web-based only - flexible document camera (HUE, approx. $50 -- price subject to change).

The following services are available to educators:

  1. A three-day WRS Introductory Workshop (see flyer).
    • Available to all educators while space remains.
    • Complete reservation form to reserve a spot for the August 27,28,29, 2019 workshop.
          Complete reservation form to reserve a spot for the September 10,11,12, 2019 workshop.
    • Tuition must be received by the UURC before a spot is guaranteed.
  2. A year-long practicum in the WRS Level I program (see flyer).
    • Available to all educators while (limited) space remains.
    • Funded through donations from the UURC, George. S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Boon Philanthropy, and the Crawford Family Foundation.
    • Review the policies for a scholarship.
    • Complete application for a scholarship.
    • The above 3-day Introductory Workshop is a prerequisite for Level I Certification.
    • (Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted at the beginning of January 2020.)
  3. The WRS Level II training is available to educators who have successfully completed the Level I training - by invitation only.
    • Review the policies for a scholarship.
    • Funded through donations from the UURC, George. S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Boon Philanthropy, and the Crawford Family Foundation.
    • Attendance at the WRS Group Workshop is a pre-requisite for the Group Practicum but is also beneficial as a stand-alone training. We welcome educators to attend the workshop who are currently participating in a WRS Level I practicum during the 2018/2019 school year and any who have previously certified in WRS Level I.
    • Dates: Monday, April 29 - Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Time: 9:00 - 3:30 Cost: $350.00 Please contact Michele Blake to register for the workshop.

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The International Dyslexia Association® (IDA) has accredited Wilson Language Training® and
Wilson® Accredited Partners.
This designation recognizes that Wilson Reading System® certifications align with the
IDA's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

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