The Latest From WINGS

3 Ways to Help Educators Develop Social Emotional Skills

Monday, June 18, 2018

Originally posted by Getting Smart.  June 14, 2018 By: Jessica Lovins   We are not born with social-emotional skills. They are formed in childhood, cultivated throughout our lives, and can continue to grow and evolve. Therefore, in order for children to learn and witness social-emotional learning (SEL), it must begin with adults. The organization I … Read More

Meet Our 2018 Kindred Kids: Penpals on a Mission

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Charleston Students Celebrate Diversity, Meet with Pen Pals at Kindred Kids Gathering on May 16 Kids Get to Know New Friends, Build Bridges Despite Differences   Charleston, S.C. – Kindred Kids, a pen pal program that promotes friendship and understanding among kids from diverse backgrounds in Charleston, will host a spring gathering on Wednesday, May … Read More

Wakanda Forever!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Night to Remember Our parents and guardians are so important to us. Twice a year each afterschool program hosts parent events with various themes based on the school or program’s likes and interests. Last month, WINGS at Burns Elementary School hosted prom – and not just any prom – a Black Panther-inspired WAKANDA FOREVER prom! So much … Read More

She Has Wings: Desi Linden

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Boston Marathon Winner; Sportsmanship MVP Last month, Desi Linden became the first U.S. woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. While INCREDIBLE, it was her sportsmanship that earned her both a victory and MVP status. When fellow U.S. runner Shalane Flanagan pulled off course for a pit stop, Desi slowed down, waited, and … Read More

WINGS Watch: Jay-Z on “The Most Beautiful Thing”

Thursday, May 10, 2018

When hip-hop superstar Jay-Z sat down with David Letterman this month, he talked about growing up in a household that didn’t have the emotional vocabulary to express sadness, confusion, joy, and pain. When asked about his children’s upbringing versus his own, he shares a beautiful example of how his daughter is using her emotional intelligence.

Drop the ‘After,’ ‘Expanded’ or ‘Extended.’ We’re Educators.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Originally posted by the National Afterschool Association’s Executive Extra.  April 16, 2018 by: julia rugg   When I first started at WINGS eight years ago, I spent the first few months at each of our afterschool programs in Charleston, South Carolina. I shadowed our part-time staff (college students) who mentor students and spent personal time with … Read More