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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 addresses not only academic progress, but also motor, language, cognitive, emotional and physical development, as well as health. This 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

  • LeApps™
  • mindset
  • learning support
  • language processing assistance

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • TBA

Check back in the fall for 2019-20 Parent Education Events to be announced!

Topics covered during the 2018-19 school year were as follows:

  • "Outdoor Learning - Nature-Based Experiences for Early Childhood through 8th Grade"
  • "Language & Learning - The Impact of Experiences on the Brain's Development"
  • "Technology and Media Literacy: Steps Toward the Future"
  • "Digital Citizenship and Online Safety”
  • "The Power of Grit and the Process of Powerful Learning"
  • "Physical Activity for Children: How to Strike a Healthy Balance" (click here for an overview of this presentation)

THE INDEPENDENCE SCHOOL BLOG
 

  • CWIL
  • Lower School
  • Parenting
  • Teaching and Learning
Nursery rhymes are not passé!
Mrs. Illene Courtright

A 2009 survey by Booktrust revealed that 25% of parents had never sung a nursery rhyme to their child, 20% of young parents (under 24) believed that nursery rhymes were not educational, and 33% of young parents said they did not sing nursery rhymes because they were too old-fashioned.

Read More about Nursery rhymes are not passé!


 


NEWS


RESOURCES

SUMMER READING TIPS

HELPFUL HEALTH SITES

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
  • "Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children" by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D.

     

APPS FOR FOCUSING

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

MINDFUL SCHOOLS ARTICLES

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


LINZA GODFREY
School Nurse

R.N., B.S.N., University of Delaware


VITA BIDDLE
Learning Specialist &
LeApps™ Instructor


M.Ed., Wilmington University