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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Windward/Haskins Neuroscience P.L.O.W. Study Resumes In-Person

During the month of October, volunteer students from each campus of The Windward School participated in the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project, Predicting Literacy Outcomes at The Windward School (P.L.O.W.). This marked the third year of data collection for this longitudinal study, with both returning participants and new student volunteers in grades 2-5. 

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Jamie Williamson to Present “Dyslexia 101: Navigating Your Child’s Educational Journey” to Local Parent Teacher Student Association Consortium

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Rivertown Parent Teacher Student Association Consortium will host Jamie Williamson, Head of the Windward School and Director of The Windward Institute for “Dyslexia 101: Navigating Your Child’s Educational Journey.” 

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John J. Russell, EdD Presents "Disrupting the Status Quo" to Jamaican Educators

On Wednesday, October 27, John J. Russell, EdD, Special Projects Advisor to The Windward Institute, presented “Disrupting the Status Quo: Advancing Evidence-Based Practices for Teaching Reading” hosted by Winsome Wishes for Kids to Jamaican educators and members of Jamaica’s Early Childhood Commission and the Ministry of Education.

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Read The Beacon Fall 2021 Issue - Features Themes of Advocating for Science of Reading and Addressing Educational Inequity

The latest issue of The Beacon is now available. Read articles on how Mississippi became the only state to demonstrate gains in reading in 2019, the research indicating how implicit bias disproportionately affects Black students with dyslexia, why understanding linguistic differences of children who speak two dialects can ensure all students are being taught in supportive environments, and more.

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Disrupting the Educational Status Quo: Wyoming’s Embracing Literacy Conference

During the summer, John J. Russell, Ed.D., Special Projects Advisor to The Windward Institute, presented virtually at the Wyoming’s Department of Education’s Embracing Literacy Conference. Based on the positive response from the presentation, Dr. Russell presented at the Wyoming Department of Education again in September. In the presentation, Dr. Russell called to disrupt the status quo on the state of reading education in Wyoming and across the United States

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

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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.