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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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • TBA

Stay tuned as more 2018-19 Parent Education Events will be announced!


PAST EVENTS

  • Friday, April 5, 2019 – Parent Coffee: "Outdoor Learning - Nature-Based Experiences for Early Childhood through 8th Grade," presented by Independence faculty members and Vicky Yatzus, Head of School
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – Parent Coffee: "Language & Learning - The Impact of Experiences on the Brain's Development," presented by University of Delaware Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science and Illene Courtright, Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 – Parent Coffee: "Technology and Media Literacy: Steps Toward the Future," presented by Technology Integration Specialist Margaret Ann Minihan and Librarian Cathy Bair
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 – Parent Coffee: "Digital Citizenship and Online Safety,” presented by Technology Integration Specialist Margaret Ann Minihan
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 - Parent Coffee: "The Power of Grit and the Process of Powerful Learning," presented by Consulting Psychologist Dahra Williams, Ph.D., and Vita Biddle, Learning Specialist & LeApps™ Instructor
  • Monday, May 14, 2018 - Parent Coffee: "Physical Activity for Children: How to Strike a Healthy Balance," featuring Dr. Meredith Perny, PT, DPT, OCS, Balance Physical Therapy, LLC -- click here for an overview of this presentation

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


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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


LINZA GODFREY
School Nurse

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


VITA BIDDLE
Learning Specialist &
LeApps™ Instructor


M.S., Wilmington University