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PEI License Renewal Credit Class Half Price Awards  – Up to $1000 Available

Apply now!  PEIF is offering half price scholarships for educators attending PEI Professional Development Classes. These scholarships are intended to help classroom teachers expand their professional skills and knowledge in areas of ethics, classroom management, dyslexia, leadership, financial literacy, and STEM.

To apply for a scholarship, please submit a paragraph to describing the workshop you wish to attend and the direct benefits you expect this opportunity to bring to you and to your students.

Scholarship awards will be applied directly to the Professional Development class specified in the application (limit one per person per year).

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July 15-17 – Wilson Reading System Workshop – with Elizabeth Hoksbergen

July 15 @ 8:30 am - July 17 @ 4:30 pm


July 15, 16, 17 (8:30am – 4:30pm)

Contact to register. You will be emailed an electronic invoice for $695 – once paid you will be sent a course link. Seats are limited.  

As a Wilson® Partner, Apples of Gold Center for Learning is pleased to provide the Wilson Reading System® Introductory Course for educators, therapists, parents, and other individuals who are interested in providing intensive intervention for students (and adults) with persistent phonological coding deficits. For many years, Apples of Gold has utilized the Wilson Reading System® to provide high-quality, one-on-one, intensive structured literacy for individuals with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities.

Elizabeth Hoksbergen, EdS, is a Wilson® Credentialed Trainer.

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 a lesson plan, 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

Participants may enroll in the WRS Level I Certification Training or the online course WRS Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Steps 1-6) within five years of completing a WRS Introductory Course.

Prerequisite: None

Each participant will receive one licensure renewal credit.

Graduate Credit: One graduate credit (optional) is available through Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA upon completion of course requirements. Please see Process for Graduate Credit for details. Iowa licensure renewal credit also available.

Please email to register. You will be emailed an electronic invoice for $695 – once paid you will be sent a course link. Seats are limited.  


July 15 @ 8:30 am
July 17 @ 4:30 pm
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PEI Conference Center
974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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