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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

THE INDEPENDENCE SCHOOL BLOG

  • CWIL
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Teaching and Learning
Independence vs. Collaboration
Mrs. Vicky Yatzus

As educators, we often talk about the importance of intentionally developing our students to be independent learners and independent thinkers. Even with the youngest preschool children, we focus daily on working to help them grow their abilities to be independent. But, is this focus on independence in direct opposition with one of the most important 21st-century skills – collaboration?

Read More about Independence vs. Collaboration

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Parent Coffee with panel of eighth-grade parents: "From Independence to High School – The Process and the Outcomes" - Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 @ 8:15 a.m., Founders' Library

More 2017-18 Parent Education Events to be announced!


RESOURCES

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


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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-BREE
School Nurse

R.N., Lancaster General Hospital


VITA BIDDLE
Learning Specialist, Learning Applications (LeApps™) Instructor & sixth-grade literature teacher

M.S., Wilmington University