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Wilson Reading System® Certification

Groves Academy is a Wilson® Accredited Partner and offers teachers Wilson Reading System (WRS®) Level I and Level II Certifications. The WRS is a highly structured multisensory language program based on Orton-Gillingham principles for teaching reading and spelling. The WRS curriculum presents English language concepts in a cumulative and developmental manner. Continuous assessment and progress monitoring allow teachers to use diagnostic techniques to meet the needs of their students. Educators who participate in Level I Certification learn: 

  • How to use multisensory teaching strategies 
  • The structure of the English language 
  • How to plan and implement a Wilson lesson based on the needs of each student 
  • How to teach the WRS with fidelity so that students can make sustainable progress in reading and spelling


The WRS is successful with students who have a language-based learning disability, as well as those students who are reading below grade level because they have a word level deficit. WRS Level I Certification provides teachers with in-depth knowledge of the speech sound system and the ways in which written language represents spoken English.

WRS® Level I Certification Program

The Institute for Professional Learning at Groves Academy offers Wilson Reading System Level I Certification on an open enrollment basis. Educators who participate in Level I Certification learn how to use multisensory teaching strategies, the structure of the English language, how to plan and implement a Wilson lesson based on the needs of each student, and how to teach the WRS with fidelity so that students can make sustainable progress in reading and spelling.

WRS Level I Certification provides teachers with in-depth knowledge of the speech sound system and the ways in which written language represents spoken English. Nine graduate credits are available upon completition.*

Components of WRS Level I Certification

Wilson Reading System Level I Certification training includes several areas: 

  • A self-paced online course (approximately 90 hours) 
  • A 1:1 practicum with a minimum of 60 lessons 
  • Observation, demonstration, and feedback from a Wilson trainer five times throughout the course of the practicum


Trainees must complete a Wilson Reading Systems Introductory Workshop as a prerequisite to the Level I training. The Institute for Professional Learning at Groves Academy offers this workshop during the summer. Level I Certification training typically lasts for one school year, depending on the frequency of the 1:1 practicum lessons.

Trainees are expected to complete the program within 12 months. Individuals who successfully complete all requirements of the certification training are well qualified to deliver the WRS to students.

Contact Information

For more information on the Wilson Reading System and other Wilson Language Training, please contact Katharine Campbell, M.S., Director of Literacy, 952-283-3301 or campbellk@grovesacademy.org.

* Graduate credit offered by Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Mass.


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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