The Chicago Area Reading Association is a professional, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and improvement of literacy programs in schools and communities in the Chicago area.
CARA's members are public, parochial, and private school educators, administrators and parents in the Chicago area. CARA brings together elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators - all dedicated to improving literacy in their schools and communities. Most CARA members are also members of the Illinois Reading Council and the International Reading Association, the largest organization of literacy educators in the world.
Upcoming Events! - Special Professional Growth Opportunities for the Summer!
CARA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Grace Educational Resources! We will be co-sponsoring the Chicago Coaching Forum this summer facilitated by Lisa Vahey and Rachel Dahl.
Participants earn 13.5 clock hour credits!
Rachel Dahl Lisa Vahey
CARA and Grace Educational Resources are also offering workshops this summer!
- July 20, 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Critical Thought, Conversation and Independent Reding: Facilitating Learning and Growth for Grades 3-8, with Nawal Qarooni
In this workshop, teachers will learn concrete
ways to monitor student independent
reading, rally excitement around it,
create thoughtful conversation
and meaningful interactions with text, and
ensure that students are deeply
thinking about what
they read in order to grow
as readers. Let's develop the criticalmind!
- July 13, 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Oral Language Activities for ELL Literacy Development for Grades K-5, with Allison Slade
Academic Oral Language development
is the foundation for English
Language Learners' success in English Language Arts. This
workshop will focus on ensuring appropriate planning for ELL success through
an understanding oflanguage
functions and language
structures required for academic learning
AND participants will learn and
experience several hands-on activities to
use in the classroom to develop academic
oral language in English.
- July 14, 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Creating Engaging Literacy Stations for Grades K-2, with Rachel Dahl
What are all the
other students doing while I'm pulling
reading groups? In this workshop we will
learn more about creating literacy stations
to engage students, cultivate
independence, and furthertheir reading growth and development.
- July 19, 9:230 am - 11:30 pm
Each workshop includes excellent professional learning opportunities, and each participant receives a professional book related to the topic.
Making the Most of Small Group Instruction: Differentiation for All, for Grades 3-8, with Clare Donovan-Scane
During this workshop we will explore several approaches to small group instruction
and unpack what student needs require
which approach for learning. Through a combination of key professional texts, sources of student data, and collaborative thinking we will plan concrete next
steps for making the most of small groupliteracy instruction.
All of our Summer Events will be held at:
Grace Educational Resources
Showroom and Professional Development Studio
2605 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
An inviting professional learning environment!
Co-sponsored by CARA and Grace Educational Resource