May 14, 2019
Spring Updates!
The snow has melted and spring has sprung! The Nora Project has come to life with film festival season in full swing and all our students finishing up their exciting work. But the fun doesn't end when school does--read below for all our warm weather updates!
Project Innovation Grant
The Nora Project is thrilled to be one of five Chicago non-profits selected to win the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation's Project Innovation Challenge! The Nora Project will use the $50,000 award to bring its innovative inclusion programs to seven diverse schools in the Chicago area.

Representatives from The Nora Project will accept the award on air at NBC5/Telemundo on Thursday, May 16th.

Read more here!
Training Camp Announcements
We are excited to announce that viral Ted Talker Heather Kirn Lanier will be headlining our summer training camp for nearly 200 Nora Project educators and volunteers this year!

Training Camp will be held at the newly-renovated Chicago Marriott Schaumburg from July 30th-August 1st.

We are still looking for local companies to join our presenting sponsor, Discover, in support of our one-of-a-kind training program. For a list of remaining sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Also, for those looking to learn about inclusion and volunteer in support of our teachers, we have just the program for you! Click here for all the details and rsvp today!
Weinberg Choi Golf Outing
For the third straight year, Josh Weinberg &Tommy Choi have rallied their incredible team at Weinberg Choi Residential to organize a top-notch golf outing benefiting The Nora Project!

The event will feature a full round of golf at the beautiful Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois. It will also include a silent auction with incredible items like first rate Cubs tickets, Dana Rebecca jewelry, and...a chance to golf with HAMILTON! That's right, Miguel Cervantes of Chicago's Hamilton will join the highest bidding foursome for a morning of golf!
To register, click here. If you'd like to donate an auction item, contact
Featured Supporter: Elliot West
Meet Libertyville contractor and handyman Elliot West of Elliot West Home Services. Back in December, Elliot and his crews completed all sorts of work at homes in the northern Chicagoland suburbs and donated 100% of the proceeds to The Nora Project's year-end online fundraising campaign. We were blown away by his incredible hustle and generous support!

Elliot is at it again, this time pledging to donate a percentage of all remodels up to $25,000 to The Nora Project! Thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom--now's your chance!

To promote this pledge, Elliot is hosting a float in the Libertyville Days Parade on June 15th from 8-11 am and he's looking for Nora Project supporters to join him! Participants will all receive Nora Project friendship bracelets! For more information contact Majbrith Brody at
Other Exciting News from TNP!
Alexander Parker, our Nora Project Leader at Cossitt Avenue School in La Grange, was recently named 1st Prize Winner of the 2019 Leadership Conference Teacher Action Research Prize from Yale University for his work on The Nora Project in his classroom. To read Alex's award-winning submission, click here.

Katy Fattelah, The Nora Project’s Program Director, was just accepted in a highly competitive selection process to speak at the CASEL Social & Emotional Learning Exchange 2019 in Chicago. She will present on the unique program design and research-tested impact of The Nora Project’s flagship classroom program. To learn more about the conference, click here.

The Nora Project has partnered with Chicago's award-winning Physical Festival to offer a sensory-friendly, inclusive, live theatrical event featuring Mrs. Flower the clown! The free community event, sponsored by Discover, will be held June 9th at 2:00 pm at Stage 773 in Chicago. For more information, visit the event page here. To reserve your seats, click here--hurry, they're going fast!

For a complete listing of upcoming community events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities, visit us at and follow us on Facebook. Check back often, we're constantly adding new dates!
Katy's Corner
As always, Katy has an article to help you understand our programs and their goals. This quarter, she explores The Nora Project's full empathy and inclusion suite, the themes animating each of our classroom and extracurricular school programs, and how the programs compliment and build on each other over the course of a student's lifespan.

We're extending the application deadlline from TODAY, May 15th, to Monday, May 20th. If you want to preserve your school's opportunity to participate, fill out this application right away and Katy and her team will be in touch to discuss next steps!
Classroom Photo Gallery
Nora Night, Activity Days, and more!
And now the moment you've all been waiting for... pictures and videos of our incredible students and teachers! Click here for a sample of some of our favorite moments and testimonials from the last couple months!.