The Windward School welcomed two members of the Swedish Royal Family, HRH Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, and his wife, HRH Princess Sofia as well as members of The Prince Couple’s Foundation—general secretary Kim Waller, COO Essi Alho, and senior project manager Mariama Sy—to its Manhattan campus on Monday, April 3 as a preface to their participation in the second annual World Dyslexia Assembly, which took place at Lincoln Center later in the day. They spent their time at Windward learning about the School’s unique, research-based approach to educating children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
Head of School Jamie Williamson shared, “We were thrilled to invite the Prince, Princess, and the Foundation to learn about our incredible programs and see Windward’s evidence-based instructional practices in action at our Manhattan campus. We were also able to highlight the critical work The Windward Institute is engaging in through its research partnership with Haskins Global Literacy Hub and teacher training.”
After a tour of the School’s facilities on the Upper East Side, the Foundation members and the Prince and Princess observed live classes and engaged with faculty and students to further understand the School’s programs and offerings. HRH Prince Carl Philip is strongly engaged in the field of dyslexia education, as the Prince is a patron of The Swedish National Dyslexia Association, where they work to better define the needs and experiences of children with dyslexia and to advocate for increased accessibility in education.
Leaders from The Windward School, the Prince and Princess, and members of their foundation attended the World Dyslexia Assembly later that day. The event, hosted by global nonprofit Made by Dyslexia and sponsored by Windward, aims to “celebrate the limitless power of dyslexic thinking” by engaging athletes, celebrities, and scientists, as well as special guests like The Prince Couple's Foundation and HRH Prince Carl Philip to showcase the unlimited potential and accomplishments of people with dyslexia.