Donna Hutcheson

To address the needs of students in both special and regular education classes who struggle with decoding and encoding words, Ms. Hutcheson and her colleagues form a study group to investigate the principles and techniques associated with the Wilson Language Program, a multi-sensory reading system. Through this twelve step program, participants study sound/symbol association, segmenting and blending, syllable types, and visual identification of words and learn ways to incorporate these skills into their reading program to increase students’ fluency and critical thinking skills. At the culmination of the school year, the study group presents their findings to the board of education to encourage the implementation of their program in all of the district’s elementary schools.