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Our Mission


Literacy for all, literacy for life — this is Wilson’s driving force and guiding principle. Our commitment to the science of reading and the science of implementation — in combination with our comprehensive professional learning, high-quality structured literacy programs, and dyslexia expertise — creates a pathway to success for teachers and students.

In Their Words

Wilson believes that every individual — from young students introduced to reading for the first time to students in need of intervention support to those with dyslexia and persistent reading challenges — has the right to acquire literacy. By partnering with educators, parents, and students, we know this is possible. Our incredible team has expanded over the years to support our mission, so that now, approximately 200 people work at Wilson Language Training®. We welcome you to explore more about us and to reach out for even more information.

Sincerely,

Barbara and Ed Wilson

Our Founders

The inspiration for Wilson Language Training® began with Barbara Wilson over 30 years ago. After several years as a special educator in public schools in Massachusetts, Barbara completed training in the Orton-Gillingham (O-G) approach to literacy instruction at Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Language Disorders Unit. She remained there for five years: Working with adults with dyslexia inspired the eventual launch of Wilson Language Training several years later. Barbara has gone on to lead presentations, keynotes, and workshops at over 300 conferences worldwide. Her co-founder, Ed Wilson, served on both the Board of Directors for the New England branch of the Orton Dyslexia Society and the Executive Board of the International Dyslexia Association. Alongside Barbara, he spearheaded Wilson’s transition from a private learning center to a national educational company — all the while staying true to the original goal of helping individuals with dyslexia.

To learn more about Barbara and Ed, click here.

A History of Literacy Education

Wilson’s commitment to literacy begins in 1985. Open the following dropdowns to view a timeline of critical events in our history.

The Wilson Way

Wilson employees strive toward a vision of literacy for all by assisting schools and districts in implementing and sustaining our programs. To achieve it, our team of experienced trained certified trainers coach their peers and help them effectively use our programs. Teams in Oxford, MA, and Portsmouth, NH, support our field staff by building capacity and developing educational materials. Together, in partnership with educators across the country, we can make our mission a reality.

Helping Our Community

Wilson maintains that a sense of community makes the world a better place. To put that idea into practice, we engage in annual outreach and volunteer projects. We’ve planted greenery and collected trash on Earth Day; donated books to local public schools to encourage summer reading; supported employee-selected charities; and more.

To learn more about WLT’s Community Outreach, click here.

Join Our Team

If you’re passionate about Wilson’s mission and believe reading is something everyone can enjoy, you’ve come to the right place. Click the button below to browse our open positions — we look forward to connecting with you.