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.”

Your Business Can Sponsor Student Success

Your Business Can Sponsor Student Success

Transform school for children who are struggling to read. The Shadow Project is seeking sponsors for its Reading Mentors program at several of our 36 partner schools, with ample opportunity for employee volunteerism. A modest school sponsorship will provide critical support for students, who are gaining up to two years in their reading ability and deepening their connection to school. Email christy@shadow-project.org to get involved.

A new report from the Oregon Department of Education found that 82% of elementary and middle school students with disabilities that impact learning do not read proficiently. Students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism and other learning challenges have tremendous potential, but lack a reading format that addresses their needs. The Reading Mentors program equips schools with assistive reading technology designed for struggling readers and provides caring mentors to students who are up to 3 years behind their peers.

We have year-round volunteer opportunities for your employees, ranging from shelving and sorting books to mentoring students for two hours a week. Your staff is also invited to participate in an end-of-year celebration where parents see their children’s reading progress honored, often for the first time. We’ll honor your commitment to children with learning challenges on our website, social media, newsletters and publicity at your sponsor school community.

May 2019 Newsletter

May 2019 Newsletter

In the May edition of our newsletter, meet our reading champions, find out where to eat tacos to support Shadow, and more:

  • National Reading Champions!
  • Tacos for Teachers May 8
  • Mentoring Strengthens Student Belonging
  • Help New Seasons and Oregon Public House Support Our Students
  • Thank You to Our Supporters
  • Seeking VISTA Member to Join Our Team

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December 2018 Newsletter

In the December edition of our newsletter, find out how Shadow helps classroom behavior improve, and more:

  • Shadow in Oregonian Season of Sharing
  • Dinner Cruise to Benefit Courageous Kids
  • Classroom Behavior Improves with Sensory
  • Become a Shadow Audiobook Mentor
  • The Shadow Project Helps Build Perseverance
  • Thank You for Empowering Our Children

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February 2018 Newsletter

In the February edition of our newsletter, find out about student reading contests, a Shadow employee award, and more:

  • Shadow Students Take Lead in Reading Contest
  • Shadow Employee Wins Ye? Ian Lima Award
  • Partnering with Schools for Inclusive Classrooms
  • Thank You for Supporting Our Children
  • Dine at McMenamins Feb. 28 for Shadow Kids

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