Our Programs

Wilson Reading System®

Professional Learning Opportunities for School Districts and Educators


Banyan School is licensed by Wilson Language Training ® (WLT) to deliver Wilson Reading System ® (WRS) professional learning to school districts and educators.

The Wilson Reading System ® is a research-based structured multisensory literacy program based on the Orton-Gillingham principles.

Wilson Reading System ® is an intensive Tier 3 reading program for students who have not achieved success with traditional instructional methods.  As part of the WRS program, students receive specialized instruction in:

  • Decoding
  • Encoding
  • High frequency words
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Fluency

The program is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards and provides daily progress monitoring and prescriptive systematic instruction.

WRS Introductory Course

The 3-day WRS Introductory course provides an overview of the WRS 4th Edition curriculum and serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level I Certification.

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This course presents teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the five principles of literacy instruction that align with the Common Core Learning Standards (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension)

WRS Level 1 Certification

The WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1-6) Online Course and WRS Steps 1-6 Practicum is intended to prepare the participant to effectively…

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…implement a multisensory structured language (MSL) reading program with a student reading and spelling below grade level, including those individuals diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia.

Each participant will acquire a sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English (phonology), the rules that govern spelling in the English language, and its structure (morphology), as well as the use of specific diagnostic instructional methods.

Satisfying the requirements of this course includes the identification, assessment, and approval of a practicum student in grades 4-13 with significant word-level deficits.  This practicum student must be available for a minimum 2-3 tutoring sessions per week until practicum requirement of a minimum 65 lessons are met (typically one school year).  Each session requires 60-90 minutes in length.

Prerequisite:  WRS Introductory Course

Duration:  Participants are encouraged to complete WRS Level I Certification within a school year, if site-based.  All coursework must be completed within 12 months.

WRS Advanced Strategies for Multisensory Structured Language Group Instruction Workshop

This 3-day workshop delves into essential strategies to improve all aspects of WRS…


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…small-group instruction through hands-on practice and discussion.

Participants will examine the specifics of each WRS lesson plan block, with an increased focus on vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency instruction.

Course Components:

  • Intensive Intervention
  • 5 Factors for Successful WRS Group Instruction
  • Creating Word Consciousness
  • WRS Lesson Blocks 1, 2, & 3
  • The Role of Spelling in Writing Fluency
  • Schwa Sound
  • Comprehension
  • Text Complexity: Informative & Narrative Text Structures
  • Wilson Fluency® Basic/Formalized Fluency Text Instruction
  • WRS Group Mastery Practicum and WRS Level II Certification
  • Wilson Academy®

This course serves as a prerequisite to participate in WRS Level II Certification:  Group Mastery Practicum

Availabile Courses

At Wilson, we understand the challenges of learning to read and write, especially for students who have a language-based learning disability.

Click here to view current research on Wilson Language Training’s website.

Wilson’s programs feature research-based, systematic, and multisensory structured language curricula to help every student succeed. Students learn to read step-by-step, starting with the basic structure and rules of our language, then building to more advanced lessons over time. We have seen our programs transform students’ lives by giving them the tools to read and write, building confidence, and empowering them to achieve their dreams.

Each program is geared to support specific student needs:

WRS Introductory Course

  • Three consecutive days
  • 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Virtual & In-Person opportunities are available

Cost: $600 per person.

It is highly recommended to purchase the Wilson Introductory Set, 4th Edition available here.

WRS Group Mastery Course

  • Open enrollment
  • Virtual

Cost: $800 (does not include materials)

Materials: Purchase the Wilson Introductory Set, 4th Edition available here.

WRS Level I Certification

  • Open enrollment
  • Virtual

Cost: $2,000 (does not include materials)

Materials: Purchase the Wilson Introductory Set, 4th Edition available here.


WRS Advanced Strategies for Multisensory Structured Language Group Instruction Course

  • Open enrollment
  • Virtual

Cost: $600 (does not include materials)

Materials: Purchase the Wilson Introductory Set, 4th Edition available here.

Jennifer Kempton

Jennifer Kempton

M.Ed., W.C.T., W.D.T.


Reading Specialist

Wilson® Credentialed Trainer

Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist

What are the Benefits of Wilson Professional Learning?

Teachers and parents who participate in Wilson professional learning:

  • Become proficient at teaching structured literacy.
  • Gain the confidence, skills, and experience necessary to successfully teach reading and spelling. Can become teacher-leaders.
  • May become qualified to teach students with dyslexia.
  • Learn to teach reading and spelling using a straightforward, experiential learning approach that supports the goals, principles, and recommended practices of implementation science.
  • Acquire multisensory teaching strategies and a comprehensive understanding of the structure of the English language.
  • Improve the ability to plan and implement a coherent lesson based on the diverse needs of students.
  • Learn to teach Wilson programs with fidelity through the guidance of our experts.
  • Gain ongoing support for continuous improvement through the online Wilson Academy® Learning Communities, which deliver reference and instructional materials and networking opportunities.
  • May receive graduate credit for qualifying coursework.
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