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Inside WITS: Education Support Professionals Appreciation!

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:

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National Principals Month

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.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for more WITS #ThankAPrincipal shout outs.

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Back to School with WITS: Why Literacy Matters

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.

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Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Summer Institute Presenter: Heather vonOesen Dean

By Shawn Bush, Program Manager

Teacher work together in the Arts Integrated Curriculum Rochelle Lee Teacher Award workshop led by Heather von Oesen Dean.


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.

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