Date 2017-10-26
Time 4:00pm
Location FitzGerald’s: 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. Berwyn, IL 60402
Category Celebrations Events
Organizer Illinois Writing Project

Join us for this interactive presentation to learn more about the power and potential of multicultural and urban children’s
literature in helping children learn to write.

The Illinois Writing Project Invites You to a National Day on Writing Celebration

Thursday, October 26th 4:00 – 8:00 PM
FitzGerald’s – 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn

Mirrors Matter: Bolstering Writing Workshop with Culturally Relevant Mentor Texts

Featured Speaker: Jane Fleming

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement has inspired widespread awareness about the need for “mirrors” and “windows” in our nation’s classrooms – mirror books that reflect children’s lives and experiences, and window books that offer views of the broader world. “Mirrors” especially help children feel included and connected in their classrooms. Research shows that such culturally relevant texts significantly impact reading and writing development.

Jane Fleming
Jane Fleming

Jane Fleming is a reading specialist with more than 20 years’ experience working in urban public schools in Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington, DC. She is co-founder of KIDS LIKE US, a non-profit organization dedicated to children’s literacy learning in urban schools.  KIDS LIKE US advocates for culturally relevant instruction and access to books in which children can see themselves, their families, and their communities represented and valued.



 Italian Buffet Dinner at FitzGerald’s


6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL 60402
Just 3 blocks east of Oak Park Avenue at Clarence Ave.
– Exit from Rte. 290 at Harlem or Austin
Free Street Parking 


Registration: 4:00-4:30
Dinner and Program to Follow

Professionals: $50
Students: $30

If paying by district PO, send digital copy to IWP Director Steve Zemelman at

3 Professional Development Hours

For further information contact Steve at or call (847) 674-2318.

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National Day on Writing Celebration

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