Welcome To CAWP


LOCATION:  UIC, 1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago                                         TIME: Fri. workshops 9-2:45 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 23  BRAND NEW!

Crafty Readers & Writer’s Craft (Gr. 4+)

  • The best literacy intervention is intentional, focused, and begins with loving first instruction.
  • Learners go through stages as they learn to read and write, and teachers can adapt instruction to meet their needs.
  • Teachers can model and scaffold how to read/ write text with language complexity so students can figure it out when they face it on their own.

A. M Featured Speaker: Carol Jago shares effective, research-based  strategies for middle and secondary students to read 21st century texts including stories, information, visual and video.   Carol is the Past President of National Council of Teachers of English, Common Core ELA standards reviewer and author of numerous books including With Rigor for All.

P.M.  Barbara Kato, Chicago Area Writing Project Director, picks up the a.m. theme to show students writing in 2018 –  classic writer’s craft including organization, description, and word choice, and writing for electronic texts.

Due to the school closings for weather and the holiday weekend, we’ve extended the Early bird registration to 2/16: $100      Regular registration: $125   Registration fee includes lunch, all materials and UIC parking.

Click here for registration flyer   I. Carol Jago – Crafty Readers & Writer’s Craft 2-23-18 flyer (v2)



2018 Scholastic Writing Program       

Congratulations to the hundreds of Chicago-area gr. 7-12 student authors who submitted their written works to the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Program. This is the 95th year of this prestigious program, and we’ll celebrate our local winners at our award ceremony held on the UIC campus on Thursday, March 8, 2018.   Click here for the list of our regional winning students, titles and Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention awards.  Chicago Region 2018 Scholastic Writing Award List (FINAL)

All Gold Key winning pieces were sent to the New York headquarters for national adjudication.  Check www.artandwriting.org for the list of national winners after March 13.  The work of some national winners will be printed in The Best Teen Writing, and selected winners in poetry are recognized in the National Student Poets program.

Student authors in grades 7-12 are invited to submit their works in the following genres: flash fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, journalism, humor, science fiction/ fantasy, memoir, and critical essays.  If you’d like to start thinking about next year’s program, click here to see Scholastic 2018 Writing Categories and Preparation Directions – Chicago Region.   Registration will open in mid-Sept. 2018.



CAWP offers professional development programs at your schools and in your districts in writing, reading, content area reading and writing, assessment including the PARCC and more. Click here for school program ideas and prices.  Click here for CAWP Program Price Sheet 2017-2018


If you’re interested in hearing  about CAWP workshops and classes for individual teachers, add your name and email to our mailing list by clicking Contact Us .  Also, feel free to include the sessions/ topics that interest you in the comment section.  Hope to see you soon!


– Barbara Kato, CAWP Director