The Windward Institute

The Windward Institute is a division of and serves The Windward School and the broader educational community by:

  • Providing 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

News & Announcements


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Faculty Highlight: Dee McKechnie, Instructor of Multisensory Reading Instruction

Multisensory Reading Instruction (MRI) is proven effective for all early readers and is fundamentally essential for struggling readers.

Ms. Dee McKechnie, a faculty member of The Windward Institute and lower school teacher at The Windward School, discusses her experience teaching the course and applying the pedagogy/ curriculum in her own classroom.

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What We're Reading Now

The Windward Institute's #Disrupt4Dyslexia campaign continues past Dyslexia Awareness Month. Disrupting the educational status quo to increase childhood literacy rates is at the core of our mission. This month we share articles and editorial responses from The Institute advocating for high quality evidence-based reading instruction in all classrooms. Find out What We're Reading Now!

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GraphoGame Potential In Preventing COVID-19 Slide

The Haskins Global Literacy Hub is proud to offer the GraphoGame American English app free of charge for all U.S. app store users for the duration of 2020. This initiative is part of the wider R.E.S.C.U.E. project researching the potential of digital game-based instruction in preventing the “COVID-19 Slide," the expected decline in reading ability in children during these challenging times. 

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PLOW In-School Study Progress Report – Early Findings

The Windward/Haskins Laboratories Collaborative Project launched its in-school research study, Predicting Literacy Outcomes at The Windward School (PLOW), last summer and is now entering its second year of the study. Although the pandemic interrupted the original plans for data collection, The Windward School’s Research Leadership Team and Haskins scientists have remained nimble and adapted the structure of the study to continue the research remotely. The Windward students involved in the study have demonstrated continued enthusiasm about their participation. Many have reported they have enjoyed learning about the neural basis of reading and the scientific process.  

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Reflections on The Windward Institute by Dr. John J. Russell

In 2019 when the Board of Trustees adopted the new strategic plan that will guide The Windward School for the next 5 to 7 years, they aptly named it Writing the Next Chapter. A key element of the plan was the creation of The Windward Institute. The following are my reflections on the first 6 months since the launch of the Institute and a glimpse at its future promise. 

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Registration Open for Fall/Winter 2020 Professional Development

Registration for The Windward Institute's Fall/Winter 2020 courses and workshops is now open. Offerings span the topics of writing skills, reading skills, language and social skills, and math skills. Please note that all Fall/Winter 2020 courses, workshops, and lectures will be presented virtually. Browse the Fall/Winter 2020 professional development offerings here

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

As of January 8, 2020, the Windward Teacher Training Institute rebranded as The Windward Institute. All courses and workshops will continue to be offered by Windward-trained instructors at the same locations and use the same scientifically-proven, research-based multisensory academic curriculum.