Blog Posts

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

Student Development and the School-Based Program

December 13, 2016 On a cold December morning, we got together in a beautiful room at the Lawndale Christian Health Center to learn more about the development of our students. We were lucky enough to have four presenters impart their experience and knowledge with us. Please find the presentations and related handouts from each guest… Continue reading Student Development and the School-Based Program