The Windward School & Haskins Laboratories Announce New Project to Improve Language and Literacy Outcomes for all Children

The Haskins Global Literacy Hub identified Windward as a key partner in promoting the shared goals of improved language and literacy outcomes for all children.

The Windward School in collaboration with Haskins Laboratories announces the Windward/Haskins Laboratories Collaborative Project as part of the Haskins Global Literacy Hub, an international and interdisciplinary collaborative that brings together researchers, practitioners, educators and education technology specialists. The mission of the Hub is to improve language and literacy outcomes for children at risk for reading difficulties across languages and cultures. Haskins has an 84-year history of being in the forefront of interdisciplinary neurocognitive research, theoretical development and technological advances that have led to important insights in understanding the brain bases of speech, language and reading problems and their treatment. Haskins' formal affiliations with Yale University School of Medicine, the Yale Child Study Center, the University of Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences and its extensive national and international research partnerships, positions the Global Language & Literacy Innovation Hub to efficiently impact positive changes in language and literacy skills and develop scalable solutions.

Rationale for Research/Education Partnerships: The Hub is committed to identifying leading educational providers with whom to partner to develop future generations of educational researchers, providers and leaders who understand the science of reading and language and are trained to translate the growing research in early identification and best practice. To that end, the Hub leadership identified The Windward School, one of the preeminent schools in the country for children with language-based learning disabilities, as a key educational partner in promoting research and training focused on realizing their shared goals of improved language and literacy outcomes for all children. "There's an acute need for both sides of the equation to be teaching each other," says Dr. Kenneth Pugh, President and Director of Research, Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories. "Our scientists have the research tools, and Windward teachers have the expertise in educating children with one of the best educational programs to remediate children with language-learning disabilities. We all need to be speaking the same language to produce better outcomes for students by understanding how they interact with learning environments and the ways their genes, brain, and cognition work in learning environments."

An Overview of the Initial Projects of The Windward School/Haskins Global Hub Collaborative ProjectThis partnership will establish state-of-the-art labs at each of The Windward School's three campuses. In-school research using neurocognitive measures will be conducted by Haskins scientists and Windward teachers to better understand which instructional strategies work best for which students, a critical step in moving toward individuated brain-based instructional programs. Cognitive and brain imaging research will also be carried out to improve early diagnosis of language-based learning disabilities in at-risk preschool children. Finally, a joint Windward/Haskins training and professional development program will be created for educators, clinicians, researchers, and other stakeholders so that critical research-to-practice goals can be achieved. The next Windward/Haskins community event is a lecture by the foremost expert on infant language development, Richard Aslin, PhD, of Haskins Laboratories, on April 9 at The Windward School's Manhattan campus.

"This partnership marks a historic moment in The Windward School's 93-year history," remarks John J. Russell, EdD, former Head of The Windward School and Executive Director of The Windward Institute which will manage the partnership. "I am proud that Windward will be joining with Haskins Laboratories at the forefront of the continuing efforts to provide all students with language-based learning disabilities with the research-based instruction they need and deserve." 

About The Windward School

The Windward School is the premier coed, independent day school dedicated to providing a proven instructional program for children with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities in grades 1-9 with campuses in White Plains, NY and New York City, NY. 

About Haskins Laboratories and Haskins Global Literacy Hub

Haskins Laboratories is an independent, international, multidisciplinary community of researchers conducting basic research on spoken and written language. Haskins Laboratories has long-standing, formal affiliations with the University of Connecticut and Yale University. The Haskins Global Literacy Hub is an international and interdisciplinary collaborative that brings together an unprecedented partnership of over 20 teams of expert researchers, practitioners, educators, and education technology specialists representing 5 continents, to solve one of the most critical issues preventing people from escaping poverty, leading healthy, productive lives and achieving their full potential.