Wilson Reading System® Professional Learning

As one of only eight private schools in the U.S. and the only Wilson® Partner in the Southwest, JGS delivers valuable professional learning to our faculty, as well as to educators throughout Arizona and nationwide.

About The Wilson Reading System® 
Specifically designed for students with reading and other language-based disorders such as dyslexia, WRS is an intensive, structured, multisensory program for students who have been unable to learn to read and spell with other teaching strategies. WRS is the flagship program of Wilson Language Training® and the foundation of all other Wilson® programs.

About Jones-Gordon’s Wilson® Credentialed Trainer
JGS FLEX Teacher, Melissa Wiegand, M.Ed., is our program director, Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist, and Wilson® Credentialed Trainer. In addition, Melissa is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), & an International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Certified Dyslexia Therapist. JGS students have been benefitting from her expertise since she joined our team in 2014.

For more information on Wilson® workshops & courses offered by JGS, check out our upcoming events below or email Melissa Wiegand at melissa.wiegand@jonesgordon.org.

Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Introductory Course (Virtual)

This course provides participants with an overview of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) 4th Edition curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification. Over three consecutive days (16.5 hours), this course examines how WRS addresses the teaching of phonemic awareness, word identification, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension through an integrated study of phonology, morphology, and orthography with students in grade two and above with persistent phonological coding deficits.

Participants learn about reading research, dyslexia, appropriate student identification and placement, program implementation, progress monitoring, scheduling, and creating a successful learning environment. Principles of language structure and how to teach language with direct, multisensory methods are demonstrated and practiced during the course. Participants explore the standard 10-part Wilson® Lesson Plan and practice planning and delivering a lesson while receiving modeling and feedback from a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer.

Participants may enroll in the WRS Level I Certification Training or the WRS Intensive Instruction: Online Course (Steps 1-6) within five years of completing a Wilson Introductory Course.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Define dyslexia and describe common characteristics.
  • Explain the process of identifying appropriate students and placing them in the Wilson Reading System.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative, engaging multiple learning modalities with multisensory techniques, repetition, and feedback.
  • Create an optimal learning environment, prepare a lesson plan, and practice techniques.
  • Understand the key components of instruction and presentation of lessons.

Course dates:

Friday-Sunday, March 5-7, 2021

Course time: 

8a-3p Mountain Standard Time; includes breaks and lunch break


$629 per participant

Please register by February 25, 2021 (in order for materials to be mailed to you in time for the workshop; participants may still register after this date but may be provided materials electronically). Registrants will be contacted prior to the course and provided a Zoom workshop link.

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Registration: WRS Intro Course (Virtual)

  • Terms, Conditions, and Policies

    1. Registration is required before the event and is processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    2. Payment is refundable up to 14 days prior to the event date, less a $75 processing fee.

    3. A confirmation email will be sent with directions and workshop/course details.

    4. Fees include access to training handouts.

    5. This training will NOT be recorded. The registrant MUST attend the live videoconference event (via Zoom) and then finish a course assessment within a month in order to be credited with a successful completion.

    6. While we make every effort to conduct professional learning events on the dates and locations advertised, they are subject to change without prior notice. Wilson® and JGS reserve the right to change or cancel a professional learning event due to low enrollment or factors beyond our control. We will attempt to notify registrants to limit customer inconvenience but we are not liable for any expenses incurred.

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