Incoming NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks Visits Manhattan Campus

Pictured (left to right): Kenita Lloyd, incoming Deputy Chancellor for Family Engagement; Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator; Robert Carroll '04, New York State Assemblymember and Windward alum; David Banks, Incoming Chancellor, NYC Department of Education; Jamie Williamson, Head of The Windward School; and Carolyne Quintana, member of Mr. Banks' transition team.

On December 14, Windward was pleased to welcome incoming NYC Chancellor of the Department of Education David Banks; Assemblymember Robert Carroll '04; and Senator Brad Hoylman, and others for a tour of the Manhattan campus. The visitors met with Head of School Jamie Williamson to tour the campus, observe classrooms, and attend a presentation on Windward's language arts approach and curriculum. Mr. Williamson shared how the foundations of effective dyslexia screening and intervention programs are proven methods to remediate students' language-based learning disabilities. 

An alum of The Windward School, Assemblymember Carroll coordinated Mr. Banks’ visit.  

“I know first-hand the profound impact that Windward’s approach and curriculum had on my life.  As a person with dyslexia, who had the benefit of being diagnosed at a young age, I was incredibly fortunate to get the help that I required to become a fluid and fluent reader," said Assemblymember Carroll. "I would not have been able to succeed in high school, college, or law school without Windward’s evidence-based, structured, multi-sensory sequential phonics-based curriculum. I am grateful to incoming Chancellor Banks for engaging with me on literacy and dyslexia and for his deeply held commitment to making sure that all of our school children have the curriculum and interventions that they need to flourish as readers."

"As the incoming chancellor, I'm looking in as many places as I can for innovative and dynamic solutions to the pressing issues facing our children and school system," said Mr. Banks, president and CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation and soon-to-be New York City schools chancellor. "The Windward School is leading the way in teaching children who are dyslexic, and I want to thank the educators and school leaders at Windward for opening their doors to share with us their insights and their model." 

“We are honored that Assemblymember Carroll and Senator Hoylman could join us in welcoming Mr. Banks at Windward today,” shared Mr. Williamson. “The Windward School is committed to impacting the lives of all students struggling with reading, and sharing knowledge of dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities with the wider education community.  We are enthusiastic about our partnership with the Department of Education, in support of our vision of a world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success.” 

Assemblymember Carroll and Senator Hoylman sponsor legislation (A.2185/S.441) in the New York State legislature to establish an expert dyslexia task force to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders, provide guidelines regarding the appropriate interventions and classroom support for students deemed at risk, and to develop a program of study for teachers to better help students with dyslexia.