The Windward Institute’s partnership with the Promise Project, which began in 2021, continues to expand with The Windward School faculty utilizing their expertise with the PAF reading program in a tutoring environment. Faculty members are working one-on-one with New York City students already engaging with the Promise Clinic and who benefitted from explicit, structured reading instruction.
Tutoring sessions occur virtually one to two times a week. Since the beginning of the program last spring, students have shown growth in their word level reading skills and decoding strategies, and many of the students have also improved upon their fluency and comprehension skills. Many of the families have noted a growth in the students’ skills and confidence since working with the tutors. The faculty have expressed their gratitude for being able to make a positive impact in the local NYC community, using their training and skills to fulfill Windward’s vision of empowering all children to achieve unlimited success.
In addition to providing tutoring and technology resources, such as laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots, The Windward School employed faculty and staff members to support language translation, to empower tutors and families could communicate and fully understand students’ progress.
The Windward Institute looks forward to expanding upon the program to reach more students from the Promise Project in the coming months.