WCPC collaborates with school leaders and teachers to provide professional development and coaching and to deepen a professional learning community within and across schools. Our work is organized around the 5 Essential Supports for School Improvement developed by the Consortium on Chicago School Research.
WCPC also provides Core Extended Learning Programs to ensure that children have access to safe, structured, and creative activities beyond the school day.
Some examples of WCPC Core Programs:
WCPC partners with the Children’s Defense Fund to sponsor full-day summer programs and 5-day-a-week after school Freedom Schools®. Rooted in Civil Rights history and the legacy of the grassroots Freedom Schools in Mississippi, this curriculum encourages young scholars to become knowledgeable of and civically engaged in the world through stories and projects which reflect their own lives. Daily Harambee! sessions ensure that participants promote healthy community building in an interactive, affirming, and culturally relevant environment.
Older and younger students are paired as “reading buddies” to improve early literacy skills and instill peer responsibility, so that Woodlawn youth can lend a hand to another’s learning. Students in K-3rd have increased reading time in a relaxed and interactive space, and 6-8th graders develop leadership and learn the importance of being a positive role model.
Middle school students meet weekly with adult mentors to engage in discussions and creative activities relevant to their lives. Participants use creative self-expression through art, music, and videos to tell stories about their lives and their community. Students also participate in excursions to explore the city of Chicago and to visit local colleges.