This weekend marked 1year since we lost our Director Dr. William Teale. We thought you would enjoy the picture above, which highlighted his love of adventure, exploring different countries and cultures!

Tribute to Bill Video:

Bill’s legacy to early childhood, literacy and life-long learning lives on through all of YOUR team’s work with the community. UIC College of Education is working on establishing a library collection or a scholarship fund in Bill’s name. We will keep you posted as we gain more information.

We will also continue to honor Bill through an annual CFL BILL’s BOOK BONANZA. His wife, Junko, is committed to providing additional books from his personal collection.

You will be hearing from the Center for Literacy soon for the 2019 Bill’s Book Bonanza.


2018 Awards Ceremony

The following faculty, academic professionals and support staff who have completed: 5,10,15,20 and 30 years of service to UIC were recognized at a College of Education Awards breakfast on November 14, 2018. Dean Alfred Walter Tatum at the College of Education was present.

Angela Duffy – 5 years

Annaly Pardino – 5 years

LaRonda Price – 5 years

Susan Karwowski – 15 years

Nora Stillwell – 15 years.

We appreciate your hard work and supports for UIC Center for Literacy.

UIC presents at parent fall leadership conference

On Saturday, Dec. 1, CFL took part in Turning the Page’s Fall Parent Leadership Conference. This event focused specifically on the North Lawndale community and sought to bring together parents and community organizations to network and learn from one another. Attendees discussed strategies for accessing resources and developed plans for parent-led, school-based, collaborative initiatives. While the day consisted of many engaging sessions, a particular highlight was the dynamic presentation, “What is a Stakeholder?”, led by our very own Shilanda Hall. Shilanda facilitated a fantastic group discussion that challenged attendees to consider this African proverb: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito”. 


Keep RCADD in mind for #GIVINGTUESDAY this year!

Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘I’d love to donate to RCADD to further their services?’ Well, now you can!

Don’t want to wait until #GIVINGTUESDAY? You can donate now, too!

RCADD is a part of UIC’s College of Education Center for Literacy. Click to donate.

Make sure you scroll all the way down to select Center for Literacy. Once you enter your amount, you’ll be taken to another page. If you would like to specify for your gift amount to go to RCADD, please write RCADD under “Additional Instructions”.  

AmeriCorps Opening Day Ceremony 2018 in Springfield

A new full-time corps of 13 AmeriCorps members represented the UIC Center for Literacy at the Oct 17th Opening Day Ceremony (Springfield, IL). The day started with a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Museum where members learned about the president’s life and commitment to service in Illinois.

Over 1,000 AmeriCorps members from the state were present to represent volunteers serving in a variety of capacities: health, education, emergency preparedness, justice programs and more! Members marched to the state capital to take an oath of service.  After the ceremony members attended workshops where they were able to learn about other programs and topics such as: Soft Skills, Networking, Life After AmeriCorps, and Wellness. Our AmeriCorps Director, Ruby Camacho presented a session on Useful Tools & Resources for New Members.


A Thank You note from School District 54

We wanted to share our appreciation for School District 54’s thank you letter today. It does enrich our staffs’ ambitions towards CFL’s Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delay(RCADD) and for our communities. We are here to work with you and move forward together to provide a better service and education for our community. 


More information about School District 54’s Autism Resource Center can be found here. 


Expo lets employees explore campus resources

October 18, 2018

Hundreds of employees attended the UIC All Employee Expo Oct. 16 in Student Center East.

Hundreds of UIC employees packed the Illinois Rooms in Student Center East Oct. 16 to learn more about campus resources during the UIC All Employee Expo.

More than 800 employees registered for the event, which featured campus and community representatives at about 60 booths — ranging from Human Resources and Campus Recreation to campus eateries and community businesses.

The event was modeled after an annual employee expo at the Urbana-Champaign campus that has been ongoing since the 1970s, said Mariola Arriola, an event organizer from the Staff Advisory Council.

“It went well, and we are hoping to continue with it in the future,” said Arriola, a business manager in the UIC student centers. “I hope employees received information on campus resources that they would not have known about.”

The event provided an opportunity for employees to meet cross-campus colleagues and find contacts and resources to help navigate their career and interests on campus. A shuttle was available to provide easy transportation for employees from the west side of campus to the event in Student Center East.

Jason Rochon, associate information technology security officer with the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC), shared his knowledge on cyberattacks with other UIC employees during the event.

“Security is ever-changing, so we want to bring awareness to the services and protection that we offer and type of security attacks going on in today’s times,” he said.

Annmarie Vecchione from the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women recruited new members to the group, which advises the chancellor on issues related to women on campus.

“We had quite a lot of foot traffic and some nice conversations with people new to UIC and other people who had been involved and were looking to get involved again,” said Veccione, residential housing coordinator in UIC Campus Housing.

The event was organized by the UIC Human Resources, the Academic Professional Advisory Committee and the Staff Advisory Council.

“It was a great opportunity for new and old employees to find out what UIC offers,” said Mary Berta, a member of the Academic Professional Advisory Committee who helped organize the event and associate to the head of occupational therapy. “It exceeded my expectations.”

Visit the EXPO website for links to participating departments and vendors.

National Veteran’s Day Donation Drive

Hello everyone, 
National Veteran’s Day is quickly approaching and UIC AmeriCorps Project MORE is currently seeking donations to support veterans living on Chicago’s west side. With your donations, Projetct MORE will be able to setup a pop-up shop on the first floor of a veteran’s housing facility that will allow Veteran’s to shop for what they need as we gear up for a cold winter. 
We need your help to make this event a success! Please donate any of the following items: 
Canned goods
Non-perishable foods such as rice, pasta or cereal
Toiletries such as toothpaste, lotion or deodorant
Men’s socks
Please see the attached flyer for donation pick-up and drop-off details.
Thank you in advance for your support,

[CFL Inside] Why Parent Outreach?

Parent Outreach workshops help parents better understand their impact as their
child’s first and most influential teacher.

Workshop strategies help parents improve their family’s financial health.
Finally, a roadmap to plot a career path is supported.
Workshops are challenging, but not difficult. Each session is interactive and inclusive.

Parents who have enrolled their children in an early learning program have goals for their family’s future. Our services help them devise strategies to become successful.

Our greatest service is to help parents understand their power and to develop a
sense of community. 


Learn what they do!



Folks are Talking: RCADD is Building Connections

This past month RCADD has provided off-site autism training to a parent support group at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, as well as to staff at Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Here’s what they had to say about our training:

“Thank you so much again for coming out to speak with our families. I wish more of our families would have made it, but I know the mothers that were able to be there really appreciated it. I also am

excited to continue to send folks your way to benefit from all that you guys offer!” – Emily Mehta, LCSW at Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s Hospital. 

“I was very pleased to see the significant participation we had from our staff. In addition, the presen- tation was clear, fluid, and very dynamic. The information and examples you presented were educational and consistent in the sense they helped to understand not only what is autism in its definition and

diagnosis, but also, the roll caregivers and educators have to help children develop skills to gain control

and independence of their own lives. I personally enjoy the materials you provided us with. They were very graphic, complete, and well elaborated. Thank you for the samples and references!” – Shatna Osorno, Director of Parent Support Group at Mujeres Latinas en Accion.

RCADD looks forward to finding more ways in which we can work with both organizations.


Submitted by Angela Duffy

Source: Inside and Out September 2018