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Content & Implementation Director

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Westchester Lower School - WHITE PLAINS, NY


Content & Implementation Director - The Windward Institute

The Windward institute is looking for a literacy leader and professional development provider to join The Windward Institute Team in elevating the work of The Windward Institute. Applicants must possess a strong knowledge of the science of reading, evidence-based instructional practices, and current research on reading and literacy. Applicants must also have a demonstrated commitment to increasing childhood literacy rates and meeting the needs of students with reading challenges.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • As a content specialist, demonstrate and share knowledge of reading science in support of The Windward Institute’s efforts to promote research-based practices for teaching and learning to increase childhood literacy rates
  • Develop, deliver, and provide support for live virtual, hybrid, and in-person workshops and courses as well as asynchronous instructional, training, and content-marketing videos and modules on topics related to the science of reading and structured literacy
  • Develop program agnostic print and digital resources, teaching tools, supplementary content, and templates for teacher training and classroom instructional use that support Windward Institute workshops, courses, webinars, and research-based literacy instruction in schools
  • Identify opportunities for, develop, and deliver off-site and hybrid professional development workshops to schools and organizations on specific Windward Institute workshops/ courses as well as custom content for school-specific offerings
  • Identify opportunities for and provide off-site instructional coaching to support program, curriculum, and research-based strategy implementation in schools; provide ongoing support to ensure evidence-aligned pedagogical techniques are integrated into classroom practice
  • Develop parent education content for seminars, workshops, webinars, and/or lectures
  • Provide content and other support for workshops, courses, presentations, and lectures delivered by members of The Windward Institute and The Windward School
  • Create and curate resources for The Windward Institute website to support professional learning for educators who work with students with language-based learning disabilities, literacy advocates, individuals, and families
  • Contribute to Windward Institute publications and digital content including but not limited to The Beacon, The Windward Institute Newsletter, blog posts, and social media
  • Identify opportunities for and support conference proposal development and presentations for members of The Windward Institute and The Windward School; Develop, submit, and present conference workshops, lectures, and poster presentations
  • Support the Executive Director and Director of The Windward Institute in promoting all aspects of The Windward Institute
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Director of The Windward Institute

Specific Requirements

  • EdD or PhD in Reading, Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, or related field. Master’s degree considered for candidates with extensive experience in evidence-based literacy instruction, science of reading, structured literacy, and/or related research
  • Demonstrated knowledge of reading theory and research-based practices for teaching and learning
  • A minimum of five years of experience as a literacy coach, reading specialist, curriculum developer, professional development provider, college-level instructor in education or related field, speech-language pathologist, and/or special education teacher
  • Commitment to childhood literacy and the mission of The Windward Institute
  • Knowledge of adult learning theories and principles
  • Cultural competence and the ability to work well with diverse constituent groups
  • Ability to work collegially within a team to achieve mission-critical objectives
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (writing sample required)
  • Flexibility to work additional hours, including evenings and occasional weekends, and travel off-site

Preferred Qualifications

  • Push-in instructional coaching, teaching, or related experience in public school settings
  • Experience with E-Learning course design and authoring tools
  • Experience delivering synchronous and asynchronous online professional development
  • Assessment creation

The Windward School’s Mission

Windward is a coeducational, independent day school dedicated to providing a proven instructional program for children with language-based learning disabilities. The multisensory curriculum is designed for students of average to superior intelligence who can benefit from the unique educational experience provided. Through direct instruction in small class settings, a trained staff assists students to improve their language skills. Academic success, combined with opportunities for social and emotional growth within an intentionally diverse and inclusive setting, enables students to understand their learning differences, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills. Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to a mainstream educational environment. To meet these goals, the School provides ongoing training to its faculty based on the most current research and shares its expertise with the parent body, other educators, and the broader community

The Windward School’s Vision

A world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success.

The Windward Institute

The Windward Institute is a division of and serves The Windward School and the broader education community by:

  • Providing professional development
  • Forming partnerships with leading education institutions
  • Advocating for students with language-based learning disabilities
  • Expanding The Windward School's reputation and expertise

The Windward Institute’s Mission:

To increase childhood literacy rates by disrupting the educational status quo