April 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

“C” is for Courage!


Shadow Book Inspires Lessons in Courage

Courage isn’t just for superheroes. Our teacher have been reading the new children’s book, The Boy Who Learned Upside Down and building lesson plans that help struggling students identify themselves as courageous learners. Check out our short video from the Peninsula School book launch in NE Portland, where Melody Finamori’s students drew cartoon strips of themselves being courageous. Boy is based on the real-life story of one child’s courageous journey from “I can’t” to “I CAN!” that led to the creation of The Shadow Project.

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Shadow Student Raises Funds for Class iPad

When 9-year-old Caelen Ough decided his fellow students in The Shadow Project at Duniway Elementary’s special education program needed an iPad he created a video and posted it on a fundraising website. Within a week, Caelen had raised $615 from 15 donors (exceeding his goal by $15). “The iPad can help kids with disabilities learn new things, read books and play games like chess,” said Caelen, who got the idea by studying the iPad in his mainstream classroom.

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Special Education teacher Janice Holstine joins Shadow’s board

We were happy to welcome Janice Holstine to our Shadow Project board of directors. Janice has been a special education teacher at Marysville School for three years and uses Shadow in her classroom. Janice says “I am so excited about how this program helps teachers provide resources to nurture and support the growth of students who may have given up.” At Marysville, she also serves on the Equity Team, a Portland Public Schools effort to encourage “Courageous Conversations” regarding equity for children from racial and ethnic minorities.

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Thank You for Making a Difference

We are so grateful to The Collins Foundation, which awarded Shadow a $36,000 grant over two years to help transform The Shadow Project’s program delivery model to improve educational outcomes for children with learning differences; and to the Meyer Memorial Trust, which awarded Shadow $40,000 over two years for operating support. Meyer works with and invests in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.

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