Schwartz Memorial Lecture

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. While the lectures are open to the public, registration is required.

The annual Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lecture was established by Ms. Gail Ross in memory of her husband, Mr. Robert J. Schwartz, a compassionate and dedicated former member of the Board of Trustees who passed away in 1997. The lecture in his memory seeks to bring experts in the field of reading and reading disabilities to the School each spring.  

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Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lecture 2020


Early Identification of Dyslexia: Research to Practice

Presented by: Dr. Hugh Catts, a Professor and Director of the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. 

Early identification is critical for the prevention of reading disabilities and the negative consequences associated with these conditions. Research indicates that dyslexia is a multifaceted condition. Numerous risk and protective factors influence the development of word reading/spelling problems and present challenges for identification/intervention. Current approaches to screening as well as new and innovative methods for identification and assessment will be considered.
In this presentation, factors related to the early identification and intervention of dyslexia, as well as poor comprehension will be discussed. Poor comprehension also represents a condition that is impacted by numerous factors. Among these include, the role of background knowledge, which has been particularly absent in conceptualizations of comprehension problems. To address these issues, a multidimensional model of reading comprehension is introduced and its implications for the identification, assessment, and intervention will be discussed.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm*
Location: The Windward School's Westchester Middle School Campus
40 West Red Oak Lane
White Plains, NY 10604

There is no fee to attend this lecture. You may register to attend in person or via live stream. Registration is required below.

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Past Spring Schwartz Memorial Lectures