Windward Sponsors National Conference to Advocate for Equal Access to Books

On August 8-9, 2021, The Windward Institute will sponsor End Book Deserts, the first national conference to call attention to the geographical areas where reading materials are difficult to obtain, also known as book deserts.

In this two-day virtual conference, leading literacy experts from around the world will share ways in which they are working to end book deserts, and they will discuss how others can join the movement to increase awareness about this issue. 

The conference features speakers such as Jarred Amato, Founder of Project Lit, Shaina Birkhead, Associate Executive Director at Every Child a Reader, and Karlos Marshall, Co-Founder of The Conscious Connect. 

End Book Deserts was founded by Molly Ness, Ph.D., associate professor in childhood education at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and faculty member at The Windward Institute, to bring more attention to book access disparities in high-poverty communities. 

You can read more about Molly Ness, Ph.D., in The Windward Institute’s Faculty Highlight Series. 

“Windward firmly believes that literacy is a fundamental right and should not be dependent on a child’s zip code,” said Jamie Williamson, Head of The Windward School and Director of The Windward Institute. “Sponsoring this conference is important, as it allows The Windward Institute to further advocate for children who do not have equal access to books and research-based literacy instruction.” 

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About The Windward Institute
The Windward Institute is a division of and serves The Windward School and the broader educational community by providing research-based professional development; forming partnerships with leading education institutions; advocating for students with language-based learning disabilities; and expanding The Windward School's reputation and expertise.

About The Windward School
As an internationally recognized co-ed, independent day school with three campuses in White Plains, NY, and New York City, NY, for students in grades 1-9 with language-based learning disabilities like dyslexia, Windward is dedicated to its mission to remediate learning disabilities and return students to a mainstream educational environment.