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      The CLA Confab: Access to Books & Content in Chicago

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      January 16, 2019

      Wednesday   8:30 AM

      641 W Lake St , #200
      Chicago, Illinois

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      The CLA Confab: Access to Books & Content

      The CLA Confab is the premier monthly gathering in Chicago to showcase what's hot in literacy. As we continue to envision what a 100% literate Chicago looks like, the Confab will bring together speakers across our member network and the city to share top-level highlights from their work, connect around shared goals, and work toward collaborative solutions to the persisting gaps in literacy facing our city today. This winter, we are exploring the theme of Equity Issues in our network continuing in January with a focus on Access to Books & Content (ensuring access to books and content (including diverse, multilingual, and digital) for both pleasure and academic reading that are relevant for all learners).  Join us as we hear about great programs from member leaders Open Books, Chicago Books to Women in Prison, Grace Educational Resources, and CrowdED Learning. We'll also hear from a special keynote guest, Dr. Jane Fleming, the Director of the Department of Literacy at Chicago Public Schools. ----- Schedule 8:30 am: Open networking & breakfast 9:00 am: Interactive presentations featuring member organization: Open Books, Chicago Books to Women in Prison, Grace Educational Resources, and CrowdED Learning 10:00 am: Briefing from Dr. Jane Fleming, Director, Department of Literacy at Chicago Public Schools 10:15 am: Participatory activity to brainstorm citywide solutions and innovations together 11:00 am: Finish Coffee and refreshments will be served. Please reach out to the Director of Evaluation and Impact, Jen Daniels-Lake at with any questions or if you're interested in getting involved. ----- Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jane Fleming Dr. Jane Fleming is the Director of Literacy for Chicago Public Schools. She is a reading specialist with more than 20 years’ experience working in urban public schools. Prior to her current role with CPS, Dr. Fleming served on the faculty at Erikson Institute where she conducted research on teachers’ use of culturally relevant literature in reading and writing instruction and its impact on student engagement and achievement. She is a co-founder of KIDS LIKE US, a member organization in the Chicago Literacy Alliance that promotes teaching with culturally relevant texts.  She is also lead author of the book, More Mirrors in the Classroom: Using Urban Children’s Literature to Increase Literacy published by Roman & Littlefield Education.

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