A Unique Approach to Education



Chance Academy provides a cooperative program for academic and personal growth in which parents, staff, and children work and learn together. It is a refuge for individualized learning; a slice of compassion; a community that values building character as well as building intellect; an anchor for communal and individual support. We also embrace holistic, arts-integrated learning in a world where these experiences are hard to come by, especially in the high-stakes, test-centered education system.

  • Who we serve:we are a homeschool cooperative dedicated to families in DC and nearby Prince George’s County.  
  • What does it cost:no family is turned away because of inability to pay our moderate tuition.
  • How is participation determined:we work together with families to decide if our values of deep learning, peaceful practices, and involvement in the Chance community offerings are a good fit.











Digital Storytelling with Youth in Cairo, Egypt 2018

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Anna Bernanke Keynote Speech: Education as Social Justice

Chance Academy Executive Director Anna Bernanke’s Keynote Speech on Education as Social Justice at the Gateway CDC 20th Anniversary Gala. At the event, Global Sleepover and Chance Academy officially announced a partnership to open a school and global learning space in 2018.

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Some Videos and Photos from our Summer Programming at Maryland Parks and Recreation

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Our Social Emotional Learning Teacher Professional Development Sessions will be held at the Gateway Media Arts Lab located in Mount Rainier, MD on the border of NE DC and Maryland.


The Gateway Media Arts Lab is a Media Lab dedicated to interactive storytelling and home to creative media professionals.


Gateway Media Arts Lab is conveniently located on Rhode Island Avenue, on the border of NE DC and MD, close to major neighborhoods in both DC and MD. The location is a 10-15 minute drive from Brookland/Catholic University, Brentwood, MD,  Riverdale, MD and the Hyattsville, MD shops and restaurants. It’s a 20-25 minute drive from Howard University / Shah, Petworth, Adams Morgan and College Park, MD.



3311 Rhode Island Avenue

Mount Rainier, MD 20712


Please note we are no longer accepting registration for the July 29 – July 31, 9:00 am – 3:00pm Session. Please stay tuned for the release of Session and Workshop dates for the 2019 – 2020 school year.



On average, our sessions cost $750 per person for the three days, including a field trip and session at the Apple store. Please go here to sign-up to receive updates and information about future sessions. 







Please go here to sign up to receive more information about future sessions.





If you have questions or concerns, please see our FAQ’s below or email us at




Can I read about and see pictures from other workshops you've done?

Absolutely. To read about and see pictures from our previous camps workshops, go here and here

How many participants are in the workshop?

We will have no more than 15 participants in the workshop.

What is the schedule for the workshop?

Please go here for the Agenda and Schedule.

What grade level will you be addressing?

Our workshop, topic areas and discussions will be centered on K-12. We welcome teachers, educators and those working in education at any level in K-12

Can you tell me more about the summer camps for 6-9 year olds you'll be holding at the same time and location?




Do you provide food?

We will have tea, water and coffee. There are places close-by (within walking distance) to get breakfast and lunch. That information will be emailed out in a Welcome Packet before the Workshop and handed out on the first day.

Who are your teachers?

The Workshop will be taught by Kevin Simpson, Founder and Head of KDSL Global, and Anna Bernanke, Executive Director of Chance Academy. We will have guest speakers and presenters who are working in Social Emotional Learning.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

Registration payment must be received two weeks the event.

Payment options include:

  1. PayPal :
  2. Check made out to Forty Winks, LLC and mailed to: Global Sleepover, Gateway Media Arts Lab, 3311 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
  3. Online payment here

Registration Costs includes:

  • Workshop sessions July 29 – July 31, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Professional Development Certificate for Participation

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel:
  • By July 20, we will refund you 50% of total paid
  • By July 22,  we will refund you 25% of total paid 
  • No refunds will be given for any registration canceled July 23 or later.
When is the last date we can register?

We will gladly accept your registration through July 15, provided there are spots available. After this date, it will be a case-by-case basis as we need time to prepare for you and plan the workshop. Please go here to register.

Where is the workshop located?

The Workshop will be held at the Gateway Media Arts Lab, located on 3311 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

What research and pedagogy will you be basing your Workshop on?

Each participant will receive a Resource Package with materials, research, articles, and resources for Social Emotional Learning. We will be basing our Workshop on a combination of available resources and the collective 35 years of experience by the two teachers.