Education and Counseling Center

Winter/Spring Newsletter

See what's been happening in the ECC!!!

Welcome to the first ECC newsletter!

The ECC experienced a great deal of growth this past year with the addition of ongoing tutoring and counseling, special groups, monthly professional development workshops, after-school programs, summer camps, and the development of the ECC Extension at Moos Elementary School. The ECC also continues to offer the programs that started it all: reading diagnostic and remediation, and math remediation.

Approximately 200 families are now served in the ECC each quarter! Services are facilitated by over 100 COE students via course-work or volunteering (they are AMAZING!).

The Vincentian Mission truly comes alive in the ECC!

Here are some 2017 highlights:

Developmental Differences Weekend Playgroup

~ welcomed families to engage in socializing, games, crafts, and fun together!

Camp Elementary Productions

~ engaged children in developing and producing their own story books.

Learning to Breathe Mindfulness Program

~ teaches kids the fundamentals of every-day mindfulness.

Strengths Builder Program

~ individual sessions encouraging children to identify their own strengths and increase resiliency.

Penedo Organization After-School Program and Summer Camp

~ academic enrichment and social emotional support is provided each night in the ECC through tutoring, counseling, and fun groups like yoga!

Chicago Youth Program After-School

~ Youth participate in individual tutoring and groups like Learning to Breathe 2x/week in the ECC.

Archdiocese Collaboration

~ through engagement with Catholic school leadership the ECC has become the primary referral for academic and social-emotional supports.

Professional Development

~ Mindfulness workshops were facilitated for several area schools, as well as the DePaul Advising and HR offices. ~ The ECC also sponsors monthly workshops for COE students.

New developments in the works!!!

Parenting workshops and programming for Catholic Charities, Madonna House;

Summer Camp 2018 for Chicago Youth Program;

Summer Camp 2018 for Near West Side CDC;

College Readiness 6-week Group;

Harry Potter 2018 Summer Camp!

*Faculty engagement through special course projects are always welcome, and very much appreciated, in the ECC! The ECC can not function without the support from students and faculty! If you have an idea, or would like assistance developing a project for your course, please contact Dr. Martha Mason Also, please encourage students to volunteer in the ECC outside of courses- it is great on a resume!

*A special thank you to the instructors who have been involved in the ECC. And an extra word of appreciation for those who have made the ECC a permanent part of their syllabuses...Dr. Beverly Trezek, Dr. Tovar-Murray, and Dr. Donna Kiel!

Big picture

The ECC turns into Hogwarts School this summer!!!

June 18-22 11am-2pm we welcome children from all over Chicagoland to participate in our first HARRY POTTER CAMP complete with Hogwarts classes like Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Quidditch of course!

* If you have a class that may want to participate, please contact Dr. Martha Mason at There are lots of clever ways to work in academic and social emotional supports while having some magical fun!

* Looking for volunteers to create and facilitate at Hoqwarts this summer- contact Dr. Martha Mason at (welcome to participate in any capacity for just one day or all week long!)

* Service learning at its most magical!!!

Education & Counseling Center Current Programs: Harry Potter Camp, June 2018! Learning to Breathe 6-week program Individual Counseling Services Strengths Builder for Kids 6-week program Individual Tutoring Services Saturday Drop-in Homework Help Reading Assessment and Remediation General information