ELIGIBILITY: Kids in grades K-12 are invited to participate in The Story Weavers program.
FORMAT: A complete, virtual language arts program inviting kids to blend online learning and offline challenges.
SUBJECTS: The Story Weavers covers English language arts, writing, spelling, literacy, critical thinking, public speaking, and team skills.
INTERNATIONAL: We serve learners from around the globe!
SMALL GROUPS: Kids are divided into small groups of between 2 and 15 learners depending on their unique learning needs.
EDUCATOR: Professionals in the education and publishing industry support kids every day.
RATIO: Each coach works with a maximum of 15 students.
SOCIALIZATION: Learners can connect daily with friends and educators for classes and fun calls.
CALENDAR: Pods meet once-a-week and kids are invited to attend daily independent open sessions at 11:30am EST.
REQUIREMENTS: All you need to get started is a stable internet connection, a computer with a webcam, and your beautiful brain!
Our custom fit, project-based program consists of three main elements.
LIVE virtual meetings
Students enrolled in our LIVE classes meet once a week with their pod to discuss new concepts, play games designed to build connections to their lives, and challenge their perspectives.
Each month, families are presented with a unique project. These missions are built to be shaped around your child's interests, inspire deeper examination of the learner's passions, and ignite a spark that sets families on a path of learning together and making real change in the world.
Personalized learning paths
We believe that our kids have outgrown the "one-size-fits-all" approach to learning. Every child in the LIVE program gets a custom set of focus areas, supporting materials, and attention tailored to their needs.
We offer daily independent open sessions where kids can connect with their peers and work on projects together as they develop the social and communication skills they'll use for the rest of their lives.
Gifted, 2E, and advanced kids are especially incompatible with the typical testing style of evaluation. Why? Two words. Non-linear thinking. At The Story Weavers, kids won't ever find tests.
But how do I know if my child is progressing?
Each month, learners receive a set of focus areas from their mentor. As kids submit daily assignments and participate in group discussions, mentors are supporting the development of these focus areas and helping kids build internal processes for using and improving specific skills.
Observations happen as kids practice and explore. There are no tests and no final project evaluations. We determine areas of focus by looking for patterns kids apply in their daily forms of self-expression. This approach helps us understand if kids are making real-life connections with topics, rather than theoretical ones.
Deep learning is led by interest, and interest requires exploration. Our primary purpose is to help kids explore. We don't strive for perfection, we encourage progress through detailed and conversational feedback with instructors, presentations to peer groups, and community projects.
Our program is built on a single, core question. "How will the child use this?" We've developed an original framework to help kids develop skills they need in real-life.
Members of The Story Weavers Academy meet experts and thought-leaders every month. LIVE workshops allow kids to ask questions and get feedback from professionals, not just educators.
The TiLT Parenting Podcast
With more than 250 episodes and 3 million downloads, the Tilt Parenting Podcast is a top podcast about learning disabilities, special education, ADHD, autism, giftedness, twice-exceptionality, and more.
Senior staff editor at The New York Times
Now Senior Staff Editor of The NY Times, Cicely was the former managing editor of Realtor.com and a former copyeditor at The Los Angeles Times.
|Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D.,
Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm and 2eResources.com
Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., is the Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC, through which she passionately guides parents of twice-exceptional children, trains educators, mentors 2e adults, and advises clinicians on bringing out the best and raising self-confidence in their clients.
Dr. Jennifer R. Mercieca
Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Jennifer Mercieca is a historian of American political rhetoric. She writes about American political discourse, especially as it relates to citizenship, democracy, and the presidency.
9:30am : Start the day off by reviewing your Memory Work over breakfast.
10:00am - 11:00am : Independent coursework across other core subjects
11:30am : Meet with your partner during the open session and make some progress on your project.
12:00pm : Lunch
1:00pm : Weekly group meeting with The Story Weavers
2:30pm - 3:00pm : Independent coursework across other core subjects
There are no instructor-led sessions on Fridays, but kids are encouraged to join student-led meet ups, connect with their friends and peers, or attend our Expo Days.
Learners meet frequently with their coach 1:1, and can schedule private meetings as needed.
A year with The Story Weavers
Members of The Story Weavers participate in 3 main semesters of learning. In the fall, students work in groups on projects that throw into focus team skills and communication strategies. In the winter, the focus turns to creating change with their ideas. Winter projects give kids the opportunity to develop research and reasoning methods. Projects in the spring take on a more creative flair. These missions challenge kids to create and document their ideas in new and unexplored ways, all the while nurturing the core foundations of grammar, style, and structure.
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