Thank You for Your Incredible Support!

Thanks to 181 generous supporters who gave during year-end 2021, we raised $42,600 to provide critical services to students with learning challenges. This blew past our original goal of $25,000. Over half of these folks are new donors—welcome to The Shadow Project community!

A warm thank you for your belief in the potential of students who learn differently, and your commitment to see them succeed in school and in life.

Teaming up with Penn State

Penn State University researchers partnered with The Shadow Project to study how families help their children with learning disabilities improve reading skills. Check out Penn State's article on this exciting research. More to come!

3rd grader Finnegan and his mom read together during The Shadow Project's summer program

Webinar Reaches Families Across Oregon

Families across the state learned how to support their children's perseverance, confidence, and positive behaviors through our recent live webinar, "Supporting Kids at Home with Goal Setting."

Produced in collaboration with Providence Health Swindells Resource Center, parents learned how to create a positive and structured goals system in their home. Setting goals gives families an important tool to counteract the shame and frustration that children with learning challenges often feel.

The recording will be available soon on our Family Resources page.

New Sensory Spaces at Centennial Elementary Schools

We all experience dysregulation—can you think of a time when your body felt like it needed a deep breath, a stretch, or to slow down? For many students who learn differently, it's easier to become dysregulated or to arrive at school that way. Students who are emotionally dysregulated may refuse to do work or sit still, or express frustration verbally or physically.

Since October, we've installed four SuperSensory Spaces at Parklane, Powell Butte, Meadows and Oliver schools. Three more installations are planned at Pleasant Valley, Patrick Lynch and Butler Creek. These spaces allow students to take structured breaks to find emotional regulation, with the support of school staff. Each space contains hand-held fidgets, equipment for physical activities, and guided courses to support a range of student experiences.

Jennifer Park, Director of Programs, has trained 210 school staff on using the Sensory Space program to respond to students who are dysregulated.
She helps teachers connect with their own sensory needs and look at how referrals and suspensions impact students with disabilities and students of color. Teachers are empowered to use the program to teach students how to notice when they are upset and calm themselves when they feel out of control.

"Throughout the pandemic, Centennial has focused on the academic and social-emotional needs of students," says Denise Wright, Director of Student Services. "The Shadow Project has been instrumental in supporting these efforts."

Thank you to our partner CareOregon for supporting the Sensory Space program in the Centennial School District.
Watch us install a SuperSensory Space!

A completed space includes a trampoline, gym mat, crash pad, balance beam, tunnel, yoga mat, balance board, and box of small fidgets and noise-reducing headphones. Wall posters help students identify the best activities to respond to their minds and bodies.

Volunteer With Us

This school year, we have recurring volunteer opportunities to pack educational materials for students. Join us at our warehouse to learn about programs and have fun! Bring your coworkers for a team-building service project.

Please respond to this email if you are interested in joining us.

Thank You for Empowering Students

Thank you to our recent foundation and corporate donors for your generosity that is making 2022 a better year for children who learn differently. Recent donors include The Morrison Family Charitable Foundation, OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation, and The Stimson-Miller Foundation.
The Shadow Project
Our mission is to make school more accessible and engaging for students who learn differently.
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Portland, OR 97232

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