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Wellness & Equity

Meet our Director of Wellness & Equity, Kate Childs, LPC

Earlier this year, Kate Child’s spoke with an editor from to discuss the School’s initiatives around Wellness and Equity.

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While there may be the instinct for kids to jump back into learning quickly to catch up on missed time in school, a strong focus as students return to school this fall is on social and emotional wellbeing. “They’re not going to be able to learn if they’re not emotionally ok.”

“They need time, space, and empathy; and we need to be open to the traumas they may have experienced. Covid is trauma in itself, but the other piece of that is that we live in Philadelphia, and a lot of our kids saw and heard the demonstrations around George Floyd’s murder, and their understanding of racial injustice is new to them. They have a lot of questions.”


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SEL & CharacterStrong

We focus on connecting and building relationships with each student. Social and Emotional Learning provides our students skills to manage emotions, resolve conflict and improve self-awareness, guided by the CharacterStrong program. Along with ongoing training and support from Kate Childs, teachers intentionally integrate SEL education through specific lessons and weave the themes into the daily interactions within the community.  Kindness, respect, empathy, and creativity are among the school-wide, monthly themes teachers incorporate to foster a positive, connected, community of learners.



In the fall of 2020, SPS offered a virtual parent workshop on anxiety and the emotional health of children led by Dr. Margot Burke of Milestones Psychology and Wellness. If you missed this event, you can still watch a recording of the Zoom.

Zoom Recording

The Racial Literacy Curriculum by Pollyanna

This past year, our School embraced a new Racial Literacy Curriculum, which was developed by Monique Vogelsang for Pollyanna. This curriculum aims to broaden our students’ knowledge around inclusion and compassion by providing perspectives of those similar and different to their own. The implementation of the Racial Literacy Curriculum (RLC) allows us to further fulfill our School’s mission of educating students to be generous and committed citizens of their communities and the world.

RLC Info

Companion Guide & Book Recs

At the beginning of the 2020 – 2021 school year, SPS parents and caregivers were invited to learn more about the new Racial Literacy Curriculum during a workshop led by creator, Monique Vogelsang. The curriculum companion guide for parents/caregivers, as well as the complementary resources that were recommended by Monique and were referenced during the workshop, are linked here: