WITS Talks: Building Positive Relationships with Students presented by Michele Lansing, MA, MS Ed., LCSW

By Eric Coleman Development & Communications Manager

On November 9, 2018, Michele Lansing, MA, MS Ed., LCSW of the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) presented the first WITS Talk of the 2018-19 school year on building positive relationships with students.  Michele provides insights on working with students that are especially relevant to new or returning mentors working with new students. Read on for an interview with Michele and view the accompanying slideshow for the above video.

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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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Dorne Eastwood, 2018 Blackboard Affair Alter & Stone Outstanding Volunteer Awardee

By Eric Coleman, Development & Communications Manager

Dorne Eastwood, 2018 Alter and Stone Outstanding Volunteer Awardee.

At the 2018 Blackboard Affair, WITS is honored to recognize Dorne Eastwood with the Alter & Stone Outstanding Volunteer Award. Dorne is a former educator and Rochelle Lee Teacher Award (RLTA) alum who served as both a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of Boundless Readers. As Executive Director, Dorne was a driving force behind the 2015 merger that brought together WITS and Boundless Readers. Today, Dorne serves as a member of the WITS Board of Directors and continues to support RLTA teachers as a Study Group Coach. Her visionary leadership helped WITS grow into an organization that supports students directly through literacy mentorship and provides thousands of hours of professional development to teachers through the Rochelle Lee Teacher Award.

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2018 Blackboard Affair Corporate Honoree: Deloitte – A Letter from Carl Allegretti, Chicago Managing Partner

Greetings to the incredible WITS Community,

Deloitte’s commitment to education is steeped in the belief that education opens doors to opportunity. Part of that opportunity is having access to caring and dedicated adults. Mentoring is at the heart of Deloitte. It is embedded throughout our work and a hallmark of our corporate culture. The dedication of our people as WITS volunteers embodies this principle. We encourage all Deloitte professionals to be citizens who are engaged in helping provide access to the same opportunities we have all had the privilege to receive.

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