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

  • Learning Applications (LeApps™)
  • mindset
  • learning support
  • language processing assistance

INDY INSIGHTS

  • Middle School
  • Parenting
Connecting with strangers in a digital world
Mr. Jonas Raab

As a technology instructor in an elementary and middle school setting, among the many topics I encounter when meeting with parents is social media and online safety.

“How much freedom should I give my child? How closely should I monitor my child’s social media account(s)?”

As with many other things, there is no “right answer” that applies to all children in all situations, particularly given the broad range of social and emotional readiness we see in students of these age groups.

  • digital citizenship
  • social media
  • technology
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  • Lower School
  • Teaching and Learning
What a difference 100 days can make!
Mrs. Christy Koense

Celebrating the first 100 days of school in some form is a tradition at many elementary schools. At Independence, a favorite tradition had been for first-grade students and teachers to dress as 100-year-old people. I think the sale of baby powder went up each February as we all worked to make our hair look a little greyer! Math, writing, and reading activities focused on the number 100 took over the classes as the students developed their number sense and other skills. It was a day to be remembered.

Fast forward to 2017, and it is still a magical time.

  • 100 Days of School
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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

Coming soon!

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