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Summer Institute 2017

This year, more than 143 attendees from 55 organizations attended our Summer Institute sessions. Each day had a theme with multiple speakers and time for brainstorming through common challenges. Monday, July 17 Assessment: The feedback loop of program assessment Janet Green (Insight Project for Kids): Presentation Gordon Mayer (communications consultant): Presentation Ericka Dawson (Girls In… Continue reading Summer Institute 2017


Gamify Your Lesson Plan

Thank you to Brian Van Slyke of the TESA Collective for sharing tools and tips for integrating cooperative games into school-based programs. Cooperative games can teach social emotional learning skills, review content/vocabulary/concepts, prime students for new information, and be just plain fun! Here's what we did: Icebreaker: Guess My Game Participants wrote down their favorite… Continue reading Gamify Your Lesson Plan

Social Emotional Learning and Student Engagement

April 26, 2017 We had a full house in the Chicago Literacy Alliance's "Roombinson Crusoe" and "Swiss Family Roombinson" conference rooms for the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Student Engagement training, led by Caryn Curry. Participants learned how social and emotional learning is not only a list of skills but a process, and they experienced… Continue reading Social Emotional Learning and Student Engagement