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Wellness, Innovation and Learning

Research-Based Innovation & Parent Education

Established in 2016, The Center for Wellness, Innovation and Learning (CWILTM, pronounced "quill") at The Independence School supports the needs of 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 evidence-based 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.

Connecting research in mind, brain and education science to classroom practices is our goal, whether we are considering curriculum changes, teaching approaches, or even classroom furniture!

Victoria Yatzus
Head of School

Indy Insights

Board game

Besides the obvious family bonding experience and the noteworthy combat for fighting off boredom during those long summer days and nights, board games have a notable underlying superpower.  Did you know that playing board games contributes to the development of literally all of the Executive Functioning Skills your child needs throughout their lifetime? 

Girl with water sample

If you are a curious parent reading about elementary school-age education, you might be surprised to encounter the term “critical thinking” in online blogs or magazine articles. Critical thinking for young children? While critical thinking is often considered the domain of higher education or even secondary school, it turns out that the need to develop critical thinking skills in children at an early age is important to lifelong learning, academic confidence, and success.

Displays of Road to Reconstruction Maps

Regardless of social factors like geography, socio-economic background, or the type of school you attended as a child, almost each of us can relate to days in the classroom spent learning information until it was time to take “the test” on it.  But brain research is changing education and offering new alternatives to student assessments.