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CFL Lit News: September 2021

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September Issue 2021


Building Literacy Skills in Children with Autism

Reading time can be a frustrating experience for children who learn differently, as well as for their parents or caregivers. These sessions will present…

Adult Education & Bilingual Literacy’s New Home at Gads Hill Center

Announcing our new home in Back of the Yards at Gads Hills. Beginning with weekly office hours at their brand new southwest side space, transitioning to…


Midnight Circus in the Parks

Midnight Circus in the Parks is Chicago’s very own donation-based family friendly circus act! They bring world‐class contemporary circus performances to communities throughout…

Fun, Family and Joy!

Come out and enjoy a fun-filled community event for the whole family! There will be arts, crafts, activities, and the inspiring sounds of gospel and contemporary music. In accordance with Be Safe Chicago Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Activities, participants in this activity will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while participating.
Date: 9/18/21
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Austin Town Hall Park

Chicago World Music Festival’s Global Peace Picnic

In commemoration of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, the Chicago World Music Festival’s Global Peace Picnic celebrates diverse music and cultures from across the globe with live performances and family-friendly activities. This FREE festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
Date: 9/25/21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Humboldt Park

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RCADD Adapted Book: How Do Dinosaurs Go To School

Both of our centers offer a selection of free adapted children’s books! Book adaptations often include movable pieces that velcro into the pages of a book, as well as extension activities that use…

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of…

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world that’s changing at warp speed. Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with…

Maya and the Robot

Maya’s nervous about fifth grade. She tries to keep calm by reminding herself she knows what to expect. But then she learns that this year won’t be anything like the last…

Exit West

An amazing look into the refugee crisis from a first-person magical-realist perspective. Takes a look a true young love, the ways it evolves through time and…


Chicago’s In-home Vaccination Program

The city of Chicago has expanded their in-home vaccination program. They now have twice as many available appointments and have added evening appointments to their schedule. Up to 10 people…

Will COVID Cases In Chicago Schools Force Your Child To Quarantine?

Many parents and educators still have questions about when families are notified about confirmed COVID-19 cases and how quarantine works. Block Club Chicago put together…

Sista Afya Community Care

Focusing on black women’s mental health, Sista Afya Community Care provides free individual therapy, community workshops, and professional development to people in the Chicagoland area.

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Abolitionist Teaching Network’s Freedom Friday

Full day virtual event with sliding scale tickets for ALN’s No Turning Back Conference on abolition in education.

Learning Plans for Teachers and Homeschoolers Centering Social Justice

Learning Plans are built by teachers and reflect backward design. The Learning Plan Builder allows you to combine the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards, Common Core-aligned literacy strategies and student performance tasks with windows-and-mirrors texts from the Student Text library. The result is a comprehensive, literacy-based plan that is both rigorous and relevant.

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Rebecca Woodard

I’d like to introduce myself to you as I transition into the CAWP Director position this fall. I’m an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at University of Illinois Chicago. My research focuses on equitable writing and literacy pedagogies, with a recent focus on disciplinary/science learning, climate justice, and theater and maker pedagogies. I’ve taught in both elementary and middle schools in New York City, where my interest in writing was sparked through my participation in a yearlong Teachers as Writers group through Columbia Teacher College Reading and Writing Project.

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Chicago Furniture Bank – Marketing & Communications Associate

This associate will lead all communication and marketing efforts for the CFB. Responsibilities will include engaging with…

Imagine Englewood If… – Program Coordinator

To coordinate and deliver engaging and developmentally appropriate activities, programming, and events for children ages 6 – 12 that foster creativity, learning, and…

Chicago Public Schools – Supportive Schools Program Associate

The Supportive Schools Team Administrative Associate (approximately 25 hours per week) will report to the Supportive Schools Team Manager. This position will be virtual until…

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