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Age 3 through 8th grade

Center for Wellness, Innovation & Learning (CWIL)

Established in 2016, the Center for Wellness, Innovation and Learning (CWIL™, pronounced "Quill") grew out of the work of Independence’s Wellness and Learning Support Team to respond to the needs of supporting the whole child. CWIL’s team approach to addressing not only academic progress, but also motor, language, cognitive, emotional, and physical development and health, allows Independence to provide a program that holds the full interests of the students at heart, both in and out of the classroom.

Parent education, research and best practices form the foundation of the center’s work. CWIL’s mission is to ensure that Independence students truly develop into independent, intellectually curious individuals.


AREAS OF FOCUS

Medical & Health

  • physical screenings
  • concussion prevention and care
  • health resources

Emotional & Social Well-Being

Learning & the Brain

INDY INSIGHTS

  • Middle School
  • Teaching and Learning
Afraid of reading Shakespeare?  Good!  Go see it instead.  
Mr. Kevin McDonald, Middle School English

“Oh, no!  We’re reading Shakespeare?”

I hear this sentiment every year from many middle school English students.  And I always tell them to have no fear, because no, we don’t read Shakespeare, and nobody should, in my opinion.  Don’t get me wrong, there is reading involved, but not before it’s been seen and heard.

This is one of the reasons I was thrilled to hear that Delaware Shakespeare was performing Henry V at Rockwood Park this summer from July 14 through the 30th.  The chance to see a Shakespeare play as it was meant to be seen, live on stage, is an opportunity not to be missed. 

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  • Lower School
  • Teaching and Learning
 Learning to read is as easy as A, B, C… or is it?
Mrs. Bernadette Gilmore

Most of us are familiar with the widely held belief that children should be “reading” by the end of first grade. Yet, we have all heard of children who enter preschool “already reading,” as well as those who need a bit more time and aren’t considered readers when they enter second grade. But what does it really take to be a successful reader? Is it being able to recognize familiar words or decode new words? What about comprehension? How can you tell if your child is reading at his or her full potential? 

  • blended learning
  • comprehension
  • foundational skills
  • literacy
  • reading
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UPCOMING EVENTS

More Parent Education Events to be announced!

RESOURCES

HELPFUL HEALTH LINKS

BOOKS

  • “A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if you Flunked Algebra)” by Barbara Oakley, Ph.D.
  • “The Doodle Revolution” by Sunni Brown
  • “Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” by Peter C. Brown
  • “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck
  • “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

APPS FOR FOCUSING
(Commitment Devices)

  • Beeminder
  • FocalFilter: Block Distracting Websites
  • Forest: Stay Focused, Be Present
  • StayFocused

MINDFUL SCHOOLS ARTICLES

PRESENTATIONS

Helping Your Child Prepare for Assessments

meet our team

VICTORIA C. YATZUS
Head of School

M.Ed., University of Delaware


BERNADETTE GILMORE
Director of Academics & Curriculum

M.Ed., University of Delaware


DR. DAHRA JACKSON WILLIAMS
Consulting Psychologist

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Miami


ILLENE COURTRIGHT,
CCC-SLP, BCS-F

Language Specialist

M.A., University of Iowa


DENISE AXE
School Nurse

R.N., Lancaster General Hospital


VITA BIDDLE
Fifth-grade teacher &
Learning Applications (LeApps™) Specialist


M.S., Wilmington University