Early Childhood Educator Free Seminar Series

Maximizing the Power of Early Childhood Teachers to Promote Future Reading Success

A Free Seminar Series for Early Childhood Educators hosted by The Windward Institute

Who Should Attend: This seminar series is designed specifically for preschool and kindergarten teachers.

Cost: There is no cost for preschool and kindergarten teachers to attend; however, pre-registration is required.

Location: The Windward Institute, 40 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604

Time: All seminars will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


  • February 11, 2020 - The Importance of Early Identification presented by Dr. John J. Russell
  • March 12, 2020 - Language Red Flags presented by Dr. Lydia Soifer
  • April 21, 2020 - Read Alouds presented by Dr. Molly Ness

Why You Should Attend:

Early childhood teachers can play a critical role in maximizing the potential future success of all students and especially students who are struggling readers. Various studies have documented that as many as 70% of the students who are below average readers in first grade are still below average readers in 8th grade. However, when children are recognized in preschool and kindergarten as potentially struggling readers and receive appropriate interventions, the majority of them reach the average range of reading ability.

Knowledgeable early childhood teachers are uniquely positioned to identify the telltale signs that are accurate predictors of future reading problems such as dyslexia, and can help to prevent the cascading, debilitating effects of not learning to read. The Windward Institute (WI) has designed a seminar series to provide early childhood educators with the knowledge and practical tools necessary to achieve these goals.

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The Windward Institute

The Windward Institute offers professional development that enables educators to develop the expertise needed to teach children of all abilities in both mainstream and special education classrooms. The Institute delivers professional development based on the most current, scientifically validated research in child development, learning theory, and pedagogy. As part of its mission-driven outreach efforts, The Institute is proud to offer this seminar series designed specifically for preschool and kindergarten teachers.