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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.


CARA's Members
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 Literacy Association, the largest organization of literacy educators in the world.

Upcoming Events! 

If you plan to be in Peoria for the IRC Conference, please join us!

Join us for a morning of high-quality professional development as author Dr. Michael Ford leads us in a workshop focused on Guided Reading: What's New and What's Next.

Gage Center
Roosevelt University
18 S Michigan Avenue

Includes a light breakfast, professional learning,
and opportunities to network with other literacy professionals

                    Click here to register online.                  Click here to obtain a paper registration form.                                                                                 

Save the Date!
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Legos, Literacy
     and 21st Century Skills

                            Michael Carton

at Grace Educational Resources
Professional Development Studio

Recent Events     

Sunday, September 11
57th Street Children's Book Fair

Curious George stops by the CARA table!