Inspire. Dream. Achieve.

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

  • Lower School
  • Parenting
  • Teaching and Learning
The importance of play
Mrs. Lisa McMahon

I recently read this quote from Fred Rogers, and, as a parent and Early Childhood educator, it really encompasses how I feel about the world in which we live today and the decisions we face parenting and educating young children. In these fast-paced times, we often feel the need to accelerate every aspect of the development of our toddlers and preschoolers. We may be led to believe that they must be academically advanced, athletically superior, and artistically gifted as they enter the formal school years. We are inundated with options to help our children “get ahead."

  • communication
  • learning to learn
  • play
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  • Parenting
Volunteer! It's good for you...
Mrs. Sandy August

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), I want to reflect on the impact that volunteering has, not only in our community but on the actual volunteers themselves. President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week in 1974 as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers and the collective power that they have to make a difference. This is a perfect time for those of us who work at schools (or have children in schools) to be grateful for volunteers. At Independence, the strong community of volunteers is at the very foundation of what makes our school an amazing place.

  • economy
  • health & wellness
  • volunteerism
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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