Turning the Page
Author Visits
Turning the Page
Since 2001, more than 75 author and illustrator volunteers have visited 150 Community Nights! Visiting authors read one of their stories to families and answer student questions. Classrooms of students will have discussed the author’s book beforehand and often prepare a special welcome for the visiting author. Following the author’s presentation, the author speaks separately with parents, sharing inspirations, challenges, and their writing and publishing process. Authors personally sign their books for the families in attendance after the workshops.
Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), Grades K-8
West Side
Autism Core Skills
Autism Core Skills is an innovative educational platform built by autism experts. We are on your team to ensure every child with autism reaches their fullest potential! Features of Autism Core Skills Skills: Our lessons teach both academic and social skills, from preschool through first grade Common Core standards. Academic lessons cover reading and math skills such as colors, shapes, rhyming, spelling, and addition. Two-player social lessons cover the communication skills of expressing preferences, staying on topic, and categories. Games teach students to share, take turns, and follow rules. Themes: We engage students by using high interests themes in our lessons. You can choose from animals, trains, sports and many more themes to make learning fun. Autism Best Practices: All lessons are embedded with autism best practices like: errorless learning, discrete trials, and visual lists and counters. All lessons are adaptive and adjust in difficulty so students are always learning at their optimal level. Data: Data on all lessons is automatically recorded and displayed in informative and intuitive graphs and charts. Data can be shared and printed from within the platform. Printable Curriculum: We provide a free printable curriculum to help generalize the skills students are learning on the iPad into the real world. Collaboration: Each paid account comes with a free collaborator account to ensure continuity of learning. A collaborator could be a teacher, parent, grandparent, or anyone else that is invested in your student’s learning. Homework is automatically assigned to collaborators, and data is synced between the two accounts.
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5)
No Physical Location
Battle of the Bard
Chicago Youth Shakespeare
Battle of the Bard® (BOTB) is a year-long festival of Shakespeare slam events open to high school students across the Chicago area. Founded by CYS in 2013, Battle of the Bard is designed to cross boundaries—of geography, cultures and experience — bringing students together through performance, team spirit, and friendly competition. BOTB events for the 2017/18 school year will invite a range of creative performance possibilities and opportunities for high school students to come together and share their voices as one community.
Reading, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play, Teacher Training
Grades 9-12
Suburbs, Regional
LEAP Empowers
Beginning with Babble is LEAP’s mobile app for parents and caregivers with children from zero to four years old. The app reminds caregivers to interact with their children through a variety of developmentally appropriate stimuli and ideas. With written tips, audio prompts, and demonstrative videos, Beginning with Babble coaches caregivers to facilitate language-rich, back-and- forth interactions with their children.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5), Adult
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
Best Beware My Sting
The Viola Project
Kate is fiery and independent; Petruchio is betting he can tame her into a sweet and obedient wife. What follows is one of the most compelling and most problematic plays in Shakespeare’s canon. And that’s why The Viola Project wants to tackle it head on; with wit, with cunning and with an all girl team of players. We’re also teaming up with Oak Park Festival Theatre to give you an inside perspective into the production of a play and the work that goes into crafting a performance of Shakespeare’s famous shrew. This camp culminates with a special performance on the set of Oak Park Festival Theatre’s stage by both our City Lit and our Oak Park camps.
Reading, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Far North Side, Suburbs