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.).
Predicting Literacy Outcomes at The Windward School (P.L.O.W.)
Learn how The Windward School and The Windward Institute actively contribute to research efforts on the Science of Reading and reading education through the ongoing collaborative in-school neuroscience study, PLOW (Predicting Literacy Outcomes at The Windward School).
In this short informational video, Jamie Williamson, Head of The Windward School and Executive Director of The Windward Institute discusses the goal of the multi-year study and demonstrates the experience of student volunteers (Junior Scientists) in the electroencephalography (EEG) labs located across Windward's three campuses in New York.
In February 2019, The Windward School in collaboration with Haskins Laboratories announced 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.
"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 launched in January 2020 which manages external partnerships of The Windward School. "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."
The mission of the The Haskins Global Literacy 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/Haskins Laboratories Collaborative Project
This partnership has established state-of-the-art labs at The Windward School's Manhattan and Westchester campuses. In-school research using neurocognitive measures is being 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 is also being 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 has been created for educators, clinicians, researchers, and other stakeholders so that critical research-to-practice goals can be achieved.
Windward students have demonstrated continued enthusiasm about participation. Many reported they enjoyed learning about the neural basis of reading.
P.L.O.W. set out to utilize neuroimaging measures to give insight into the evidence-based instructional intervention model at The Windward School.
In response to the current crisis, the Haskins Laboratories Global Literacy Hub has created webinars and online resources to help mitigate the COVID-19 slide.
The Windward/Haskins project is implementing virtual behavioral data collection and exploring opportunities for understanding the impacts of remote learning.
Students at The Windward School in White Plains and Harrison are using their brains to advance research on how to improve reading instruction — but not in the way you might think. Twenty-two students in grades 1 to 6 are having their brains imaged by researchers.
The Windward School is expanding upon its professional development offerings for faculty to learn from experts in educational neuroscience.
State-of-the-art, custom electroencephalography, or EEG labs, are now installed at the Manhattan and Westchester campuses of The Windward School in preparation for the start of the first research study of the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project.
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.