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Join us on Thursday, October 28 for A Roadmap for Success: Mississippi’s Journey to Improve Literacy Outcomes

About The Lecture:
In recent years, Mississippi received national recognition for student gains in 4th grade reading and became a go-to source for educators, policymakers, and community leaders looking for guidance to improve literacy outcomes in their states. This lecture will highlight Mississippi’s efforts to prioritize K-3 literacy, leverage supports, and build sustainable outcomes that create a culture focused on collective impact, equity, and change of practice.

The lecture is free to attend and open to the public, but registration is required,



About Kristen Wynn:
Kristen Wynn’s service in the field of education spans 15+ years. She is committed to ensuring equitable access for all students to effective literacy instruction, highly-qualified teachers, and high-quality instructional materials. Her experience in the classroom includes teaching 1st and 2nd grade, as well as serving as a Kindergarten through 5th grade Intervention Specialist.  She has also spent several years as a new teacher mentor.  Ms. Wynn previously served as a literacy coach for the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), a Regional Literacy Coordinator, an Assistant State Literacy Coordinator, and currently serves as the State Literacy Director, where she has worked diligently to improve literacy outcomes of schools and districts across the state of Mississippi. She is the co-creator of the “Passport to Literacy” and “Passport to Literacy Boost” PreK-2nd grade literacy professional development training for teachers. During the 2016-2017 school year, she co-produced the MDE’s Literacy Focus of the Month in Action instructional videos featuring literacy coaches and students in Mississippi classrooms. During the 2017-2018 school year, she began working with coaches to increase the rigor and consistency of writing instruction in kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms through the development and implementation of Writing Galleries. Currently, she serves as a member of the Mississippi Reading Licensure Task Forcethe Mississippi Reading Panel, the Higher Ed Literacy Council (HELC) and the Governor’s Task Force for Teacher Preparation in Early Literacy Instruction. Kristen is the wife of Detective David Wynn II and the mother of two wonderful boys, Braxton and Parker.


The Windward Institute presents two free educational lectures open to the public in the spring and fall of each year: the Fall Community Lecture and Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lecture in the spring. If you are interested in receiving updates about lectures, please sign up for our Lectures Mailing List here.

Past Fall Community Lectures