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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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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Key Takeaways from “Unsiloing Science: Connecting Schools and Literacy Researchers”

On June 29, 2021, The Windward Institute hosted, "Unsiloing Science: Connecting Schools and Literacy Researchers," a panel conversation with experts Akeela Azcuy, Ph.D., Manhattan Literacy Academy; Claudia Koochek, Head of Westmark School; Ben Powers, D.B.A., Head of Southport School; and Jamie Williamson, Ed.S., Head of The Windward School and Director of The Windward Institute.

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Advancing Translational Science in the Classroom

On May 26, 2021, The Windward Institute hosted a research roundtable, Advancing Translational Science in the Classroom. In a conversation moderated by Jamie Williamson, EdS, Head of The Windward School and Director of The Windward Institute, education experts Nadine Gaab, PhDYaacov Petscher, PhDEmily Solari, PhD, and Nicole Patton Terry, PhD, outlined a framework for advancing translational science in research and school settings.

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Experts Converge to Discuss the Strain on Literacy in Latin America and Ways to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19

On May 27, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. ET, Windward alumni parent, current Board of Trustees member of The Windward School, and Co-Founder of Intelexia, a company that develops teacher training in Argentina and implements the Aprendo Leyendo reading program to over 10,000 Spanish-speaking children, Magdalena Zavalía Miguens, will welcome experts from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as renowned universities, to exchange their views on post-COVID literacy in Latin America. Ms. Zavalía is also a member of the roundtable hosting organization and Windward partner, Haskins Global Literacy Hub. The roundtable, “Alfabetización post Covid en América Latina,” is free to attend, join live webinar here

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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.