What is DECODE?
The Chicago Literacy Alliance is proud to present our annual thought-leadership summit to explore challenges and solutions to increasing literacy in Chicago. DECODE is an experience for educators, literacy professionals, engaged philanthropists, and civic decision-makers. Through digital interactive panel discussions, access to field experts, and sharing of vital resources, we will:
- Break down the complex barriers to literacy acquisition
- Strategize literacy-based solutions to urgent social challenges
- Analyze the literacy landscape to inform decisions and action
DECODE 2020: Literacy and the Promise of Life and Liberty
This event is 100% free and virtual.
How do the tools of literacy empower us to engage in and contribute to our community, political life, and democracy in Chicago? How does that change during a global health and economic crisis, and a time of deep civil unrest in our city and beyond?
Day 1 (Thursday, October 1, 2020): Special keynote discussion with Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval. 7 – 8pm. Keynote will also be available for viewing afterwards.
Day 2 (Friday, October 2, 2020): Digital Interactive Panels and Virtual Networking Opportunities. 8:45am – 3:30pm
Register today for this free, virtual event.
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DAY 1 KEYNOTE:
Join Kevin and Idris for a lively and passionate discussion around using the tools of literacy to build a better democracy. They will be exploring how systemic challenges impact communities of color in Chicago, the role that literacy can play in dismantling those systems, and how expanding our thinking around what literacy achievement looks like could create new pathways toward equity for Chicago’s youth.
DAY 2 SCHEDULE:
Stay tuned for more speakers, to be added soon!
8:45am – 9:15 am
Program opens. Log on, check in, and get primed
9:15 am – 9:45am
Welcome and special statement from former Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
9:45am – 10:40am
Session 1 – Tomorrow’s Citizens – creating equitable and accessible pathways for today’s youth to lead
Dr. Kim Parker
Parent, literacy and education expert
Alderwoman Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward, Chicago
More coming soon!
10:40am – 11:00am
Session 1 Q&A
11:00am – 12:00pm
Lunch break and virtual CLA resource fair
12:00pm – 12:50pm
Session 2 – Living a Civic Life – exploring solutions to the barriers that disenfranchise individuals, families, and communities living with low literacy
Chicago Chief of Staff, Sen. Dick J. Durbin
Multidisciplinary artist and creative community builder
More coming soon!
12:50pm – 1:10pm
Session 2 Q&A
1:10pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 2:20pm
Session 3 – The Impact of Chicago’s Literacy Sector – discussing the power of collective impact and creating a shared vocabulary around different forms of literacy and desired outcomes
Leadership Investment Program Officer, The Field Foundation of Illinois. Facilitator
Co-Founder and President, Innovare – Social Innovation Partners. Panelist
Senior Director of Strategy and Operations for Westside United. Panelist
Award-winning poet and author. Panelist
2:20pm – 2:40pm
Session 3 Q&A
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Digital Peer Breakout Groups to unpack what is discussed during the panels