Two major goals within year one of Windward’s three-year diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging plan were to increase the diversity of the student body and to establish ongoing outreach and resources for underserved communities. To meet those goals, in the fall of 2020, The Windward School and The Windward Institute partnered with Promise Project, a nonprofit organization that serves New York City schoolchildren from low-income backgrounds who are struggling with learning and attention issues. Through their program, PROMISE at Columbia, children receive, at low or no-cost, state-of-the-art neuropsychological assessments, clinical recommendations, and the necessary follow-up to get the services they need to learn.
Windward’s Three-Pronged Approach
Since the inception of its partnership with the Promise Project, Windward has taken steps toward advancing equity in education in underresourced populations.
Increasing opportunity for Promise students to benefit from Windward’s instructional program: The Promise Clinic and Windward’s Admissions teams have regularly collaborated to identify and admit students who would benefit from explicit, structured, sequential literacy instruction. For the 2021-22 academic year, Windward committed to offering scholarship assistance.
Expanding the reach of instruction and faculty expertise through a collaborative tutoring project: This spring, The Windward Institute and Promise Clinic teams launched a pilot program to pair Windward faculty with students already participating in the Promise Clinic programs. Windward tutors worked with students virtually throughout the summer, noting the progress made in students’ reading using Windward’s instructional program. The tutors shared that they enjoyed the opportunity in partnering with the Promise Clinic to cultivate relationships with more students across New York City, beyond Windward. This tutoring project, which expands upon The Windward Institute’s pillars and mission, will continue throughout the 2021-2022 academic school year.
Targeting the needs of older students through Windward’s renowned summer program: Members of the Promise Clinic and The Windward School's Summer Program leadership team identified older students to participate in the four-week academic and social program.
Through this partnership with Promise Project, Windward’s aim is to truly embody its mission, to live its vision of a world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success.