On October 28, 2021, The Windward School and The Windward Institute honored the late Paul Kohan, co-founder of the Dyslexia Policy Institute, with the John. J. Russell Award for Advocacy in Education. The award was presented at Windward’s Fall Community Lecture, and Ellen Asplund Kohan, the mother of Mr. Kohan, received the award on her son’s behalf.
Established in 2019 by The Windward School Board of Trustees to honor former Head of School John J. Russell, EdD, this award is given annually to an individual who has made an impact in helping children with learning disabilities reach their full potential. Their efforts may be in the fields of research, pedagogy, legislation, education, or business.
Paul Kohan was a true advocate for children with learning disabilities. He worked tirelessly to support families navigating the world of seeking educational support for their children. This was seen not just through his work as a lawyer, but also through his time on the Board of Trustees of The Gow School, and most recently, as co-founder of the Dyslexia Policy Institute.
Paul understood the negative outcomes for a child who was not given the fundamental rights of vital educational resources and made it his mission to help as many of these most vulnerable children as possible.
Paul’s passion and dedication will live on in the work at the Dyslexia Policy Institute, law firms, and other institutions committed to helping children with learning disabilities. His passing in March 2021 will be a reminder to keep pushing forward on the road for advocacy of children with language-based learning disabilities.