Join The Shadow Project’s Community Advisory Board!

Join The Shadow Project’s Community Advisory Board!

Are you a parent, guardian, teacher, or community member that is concerned with providing high quality education for children with learning challenges? Do you have specific knowledge, skills, talents, or a motivation to be more invested in the educational achievement of children in your community? If so, we invite you to join The Shadow Project’s Community Advisory Board.

Who We Are
It is the mission of The Shadow project to make school more accessible and engaging for children who contend with challenges that affect their ability to learn, such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD. Our programs are focused on enhancing positive learning experiences through goal setting, reading mentorship, and fulfilling sensory needs with the use of tools that help students achieve their fullest potential. Shadow’s Community Advisory Board enables and empowers community members to participate in the planning and integration of our programs into the public school system. The focus of this board is to engage community members in the continuous improvement of our programming, through an anti-poverty and equity lens that prioritizes culturally responsive program design and implementation.

Commitment
The board meets one to two times a year, and works to maintain the objectivity and comprehensiveness of Shadow programming. The opportunity to contribute is multi-faceted and encourages a co-creative environment. For instance, members could get involved by facilitating advocacy, attending outreach events, making connections and being active on social media. Members are also invited to provide input on program elements giving feedback about what is or isn’t working, what’s needed or may be overlooked, and be involved with the review of written materials – centering the voices of each member’s unique perspective.

Benefit
Board membership provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, gain advocacy experience, collaborate in non-profit work, refine leadership skills, and expand the mission of helping underserved children on a broader scale. All together, we will do this work by engaging with each other in a fun, creative and social environment.

Get in Touch
If you are interested in being a part of The Shadow Project’s Community Advisory Board, or if you would like more information about Shadow programs for your school, please complete this questionnaire. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christina Bazzaroni, Community Connections Specialist, christina@shadow-project.org. Thank you!

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

In the October edition of our newsletter, learn about social-emotional learning in the classroom, and more:

  • China Forbes Benefit for our Courageous Kids
  • Expanding Social-Emotional Learning
  • Your Business Can Sponsor Student Success
  • Your Voice Matters
  • Thank You to Our Supporters & Donor Match

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China Forbes Benefit for our Courageous Kids

China Forbes Benefit for our Courageous Kids

Pink Martini’s lead singer China Forbes will headline The Red Gala Foundation’s benefit for The Shadow Project’s children. Join us January 25, 2020 for an intimate evening with Portland’s favorite performer. Enjoy dazzling entertainment, an exciting raffle, surprise D.J. and dancing until 1 a.m. at the iconic Doug Fir Lounge. Get your tickets today before they’re gone!

This year’s gala again benefits the wonderful children of The Shadow Project, which has served 12,000 children in local school districts with disabilities and learning challenges.

We are hosting at the iconic Doug Fir Lounge basement, named by Rolling Stone as one of the top venues in America.

Special musical guest will be China Forbes of Pink Martini who will be performing a solo set. Following we will have two special guest DJs and dancing until the morning hours.

Please email akuchulis@littler.com if you are interested in table sponsorship or donating to the raffle. Limited spots available. Thanks for your support!

Your Voice Matters

Your Voice Matters

Make your voice heard by advocating for the needs of children with learning-related disabilities in your school and community. School districts across Oregon are seeking input on their plans to use funds from Oregon’s historic Student Success Act, the largest state investment in education in three decades. Students with disabilities, a historically underserved population, stand to benefit from this $1 billion statewide investment.  (Read More)

The Student Success Act is a landmark investment is designated to close achievement gaps for diverse learners and address student mental health and behavioral needs.  You can make sure your school district prioritizes programs for children who learn differently by attending community meetings or completing online community needs assessment surveys.  Check your school district’s website for community meeting dates and survey links.

Expanding Social-Emotional Learning

Expanding Social-Emotional Learning

An estimated 1 in 5 Oregon students has a disability or related challenge that impacts learning. Absent tools to address their needs, these capable students can act out their frustration. The result: a suspension rate more than double that of their peers. Centennial School District is committed to equity for students with disabilities and is partnering with Shadow to bring our SuperSensory Spaces to all the district’s elementary schools. Through this program 73% of students strengthen self-regulation, a key predictor of health and academic success.

“We want kids to be able to stay in class and learn,” says Denise Wright, Centennial’s Director of Student Services, “and we want staff have to tools and resources to support students.” Sensory spaces provide schools with comforting corners filled with tools that stimulate focus and attention and calm stressed and anxious children, many of whom also experience poverty-related trauma like hunger, homelessness, and neglect. Children like “Devan,” who repeatedly ran from his classroom and kicked students when the frustration of learning overwhelmed him, will get daily scheduled breaks in these spaces, and learn positive ways to deal with big emotions, setting them on a life-long course of success. Educator training will help staff examine how racial and cultural bias has led to far higher discipline rates for children of color, and use sensory spaces to bring those rates down. “Equity is our compass,” says superintendent Paul Coakley. “The Sensory Space project will increase our capacity to create a welcoming environment for our students to fully engage in learning.”