At the “Literate Brain Linking Researchers with Practitioners” conference, hosted at Haskins Laboratories from July 21-25, Dr. John J. Russell, Executive Director of The Windward Institute (which officially launches in January 2020) presented on how the partnership between The Windward School and Haskins developed to form the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project. As he explained to the educators attending the conference, the project will entail in-school research, conducted by Haskins scientists and Windward teachers, with the hope that the study will yield greater understanding on which instructional strategies work best for students with language-based learning disabilities, like dyslexia, and why.
Windward's first research study will begin this fall in the state-of-the-art, custom electroencephalography labs (EEG labs) which were installed at Windward’s Manhattan and Westchester campuses in late June. The faculty members who will be working alongside Haskins scientists to administer EEGs and behavioral measures to collect data for the study will receive their training in late August.
Dr. Devin Kearns, associate professor at the University of Connecticut and upcoming speaker at Windward’s Fall Community Lecture, also spoke at the conference, where he defined dyslexia, debunked some common myths, and discussed six possible causes of reading difficulty for children. At the October 24 Fall Community Lecture, Dr. Kearns will delve further into similar topics, expressly how children with dyslexia have brains that process specific tasks differently and how this relates to their performance on reading-related tests. He will also address controversies about dyslexia—including why some people do not even like the word—to help the public understand what dyslexia is and what it is not.
Pictured are Dr. John J. Russell, Executive Director of The Windward Institute; Dr. Devin Kearns, Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut; and Annie Stutzman, Assistant Director of The Windward Institute.