Wilson® Training Partner

As a Wilson® Training Partner, Apples of Gold Center for Learning is pleased to provide the Wilson Reading System® Introductory Course as well as the WRS® Advanced Strategies for MSL Group Instruction Course for educators, therapists, parents, and other individuals who are interested in providing intensive intervention for students (and adults) with persistent phonological coding deficits. Additionally, we provide WRS Level I and Level II Certification Training® for those who desire to become a Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner or a Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist.

For many years, Apples of Gold has utilized the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) to provide high-quality, one-on-one, intensive structured literacy for individuals with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, and we are honored to share this expertise with other educators and parents. WRS is a well-designed, systematic, diagnostic-prescriptive program based on Orton-Gillingham principles. When implemented with fidelity, frequency, and intensity, WRS is incredibly effective at helping individuals acquire proficiency in literacy even when other approaches or programs have failed. Proper implementation of WRS works because it changes the individual’s abilities (on a neuro-cognitive level) to process language, read, and spell with accuracy and efficiency.

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is the flagship program of Wilson Language Training® and the foundation of all other Wilson programs. WRS is comprehensive structured literacy program designed for intensive, Tier 3 intervention for students in grades 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits. It is designed for learners who are not making sufficient progress through their current intervention, have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies, or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia.

Official Wilson® Courses for Schools, Districts, and Organizations

For many years, Apples of Gold has utilized the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) to provide high-quality, one-on-one, intensive structured literacy for individuals with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, and we are honored to share this expertise with other educators and parents. Wilson® Credentialed Trainer, Elizabeth Hoksbergen, EdS, is passionate about the power of WRS to change an individual’s trajectory for success in literacy, learning, and life. She provides these three-day courses for school districts and public groups via an in-person or virtual setting. Please email applesofgoldworkshops@gmail.com for more information about upcoming courses, to schedule a course for your group, or to learn more about certification in the Wilson Reading System®.

Description of the Wilson Reading System® Introductory Course

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 Wilson ® Credentialed Trainer Elizabeth Hoksbergen during the course.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to do the following:

  • 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 lesson plans, and practice techniques.
  • Understand the key components of instruction and presentation of lessons in three blocks:
    • Block 1 – Word Study/Foundational Reading Skills: Lesson Plan Parts 1-5: Phonemic Awareness, Decoding, Vocabulary, High Frequency Word Reading,Single-Word Accuracy/Automaticity, Phrasing/Prosody, Fluency and Comprehension at the Sentence Level
    • Block 2 – Spelling/Foundational Writing Skills: Lesson Plan Parts 6-8: Phoneme Segmentation, Encoding (Spelling), English Spelling Rules, High Frequency Word Spelling, Vocabulary, Concept Mark Up, Sentence-Level Punctuation and Proofreading
    • Block 3 – Fluency/Comprehension: Lesson Plan Parts 9-10: Vocabulary, Listening/Silent and Oral Reading Fluency and Comprehension, Narrative and Informational Text

Certification in the Wilson Reading System®

Participants may enroll in the WRS Level I Certification training to become a Wilson ® Dyslexia Practitioner within five years of completing a WRS Introductory Course. After completing WRS Level I Certification, an individual may pursue WRS Level II Certification to become a Wilson ® Dyslexia Therapist. For more information about Wilson Level I and Wilson Level II Certifications, please visit: Certification in the Wilson Reading System

Wilson® Credentialed Trainer

Elizabeth Hoksbergen, EdS

Wilson® Credentialed Trainer

Elizabeth Hoksbergen, EdS

As a former teacher, curriculum director, and principal, Elizabeth has provided K-12th professional development for schools and public conferences for over two decades. Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience dealing with dyslexia as a parent, teacher, administrator, evaluator of learning disabilities, interventionist, and co-owner of Apples of Gold Center for Learning. She understands that dyslexia is a complex, vital issue and recognizes that educators need the knowledge and skills to remediate and support students with dyslexia. Elizabeth completed her EdS in Educational Psychology through Regent University; she is currently working on her dissertation for her PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on the Effects of the WilsonReading System on Cognitive-linguistic Abilities in Correlation with the Development of Basic Reading Skills. She is a certified Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist, Wilson® Credentialed Trainer, former Iowa Decoding Dyslexia Board Member, appointed member of the 2018 Iowa Dyslexia Task Force,and seasoned evaluator of learning disabilities. She became a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer to help other educators leverage the Wilson Reading System® to empower struggling students to become competent and confident readers. Elizabeth is an encouraging, high-energy presenter who enjoys sharing ready-to-apply, evidence-based information that ignites the architect within every educator, equipping them to provide instruction that catalyzes school (and life) success for all learners.