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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.


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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.

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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!
Topics include:

  • 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
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 group

literacy instruction.

Each workshop includes excellent professional learning opportunities, and each participant receives a professional book related to the topic.

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