School News: The Windward School Launches Institute for Childhood Literacy

Summer 2020

Translating research into practice is top of mind at The Windward School (NY), an independent school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning issues. To expand its work in research, professional development, and advocacy, in January the school launched The Windward Institute, dedicated to increasing childhood literacy and disrupting the status quo in education. Institute officials are working with various partners in higher education and research fields and are regularly inviting experts to share their work through the institute’s podcast, READ.
One of The Windward Institute’s noteworthy research-education partnerships is The Windward School/Haskins Laboratories Collaborative Project, which kicked off a three-year research study “Predicting Literacy Outcomes at The Windward School” in September 2019. This collaboration between Haskins researchers and Windward teachers uses neurocognitive measures to better understand which instructional strategies work best for students, a critical step in moving toward individualized brain-based instructional programs.
“The Windward School, including The Windward Institute and the Windward Teacher Training Program, is guided by a shared vision of a world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success,” says Head of School Jamie Williamson.

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