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Wilson Reading System® Level I Certification

Groves Academy has partnered with Wilson Language Training® and is pleased to offer Level I certification training in the Wilson Reading System® (WRS). 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 1 Certification Program

Groves Academy offers Wilson Level I certification on an open enrollment basis and through a summer intensive program. 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. Graduate credits are available.

To learn more about Groves Academy's WRS Level I Certification options, please choose from the following:

Components of WRS Level I Certification

The Groves Academy training program will cover several areas necessary for certification including the following: 

  • 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 System® Introductory Workshop as a prerequisite to the Level I training. This workshop is offered through Groves Academy’s professional development program and is available for an additional fee. Level I 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 Ellen Engstrom, M.A., Director of Teacher Training, 952-915-4247 or engstrome@grovesacademy.org.

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