Adam Rowe writes about the importance of WITS programming in Forbes. Learn about how WITS builds foundational literacy skills among young readers in Chicago through teacher led literacy professional development and volunteer powered mentorship programs.
The story of WITS is built around a love of reading, learning, and community. In 1991 two women, Marion Stone, a retired Social Worker, and her friend Joanne Alter, retired Metropolitan Water Commissioner and neighbor, recognized the need to improve opportunities for children in Chicago.
Award-winning journalist, Michele Weldon, took some time to talk with Brenda Langstraat, WITS Chicago CEO, about the importance of WITS and community among non-profit leadership. Check out the blog post For The Love Of Raising Money For Good: Literacy CEO Fuels Nonprofit Mission on The Movement Blog, a part of Take The Lead which is a non-profit organization committed to leadership parity.
By Ana Porta, Program Coordinator
November 14th is Education Support Professionals Day, which is observed each year during American Education Week. Within the Chicago Public Schools, Education Support Professionals’ roles include office workers, student services employees, food service workers, custodians, bus drivers, security guards, maintenance workers, paraprofessionals, and more. The WITS Program Team has tremendous gratitude for the support professionals’ expertise and accommodation at our partner schools. Without these individuals who invest their time and energy into their schools, the students would not receive the level of support and care that they do. WITS would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for the Education Support Professionals who advocate for our programs, provide us with valuable information, and most importantly, support the students in the Chicago Public Schools.
WITS would like to give a shout-out to these individuals for their the hard work and dedication below:
By Kellie Romany, Communications Manager
Each October brings an opportunity to recognize the hard work of our principals during National Principals Month. Here at WITS we are grateful for the incredible principals that partner with us to build critical literacy skills and develop positive self-identity in students. In celebration of National Principals Month we asked our staff to #ThankAPrincipal for their dedication to the education of the next generation.
By Kellie Romany, Communications Manager
Across the country, major retailers are selling out of notepads, pens, and pencils. It’s back to school season! Many students are starting the new school year feeling confident about their summer accomplishments and ready to power through the next ten months of studying, reading, and learning with classmates. The same can be said for WITS. After all the hard work and planning this summer, we welcome the new school year with enthusiasm. Our dedicated team is excited to continue our mission of empowering students as readers to build stronger communities in Chicago.
By Eric Coleman, Development & Communications Manager and Kevin Hujar, Program Specialist
The September Student & Mentor Spotlight features Brandon, a fifth grade student from Everett Elementary School, and his mentor in the WITS on Campus program at DePaul, Maryann.
By Shawn Bush, Program Manager
Heather vonOesen Dean is the President and Owner of Creative Across the Curriculum, LLC and a former Rochelle Lee Teacher Awardee. Through Creative Across the Curriculum, Heather helps educators integrate a creative arts curriculum into their content area instruction. Heather believes that, “arts integration increases rigor by fostering a culture for creative application and analysis, innovation, divergent and convergent thinking, collaboration, and communication.” Heather facilitated a workshop entitled, Arts Integrated Curriculum Design (Intro) for Rochelle Lee Teacher Awardees during this past summer institute.
By: Sara Martinez, Program Coordinator
In celebration of students going back to school this month, we asked the WITS staff for a favorite song that represents their first days back at school. Listen to the playlist.
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