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Strange No More! Reading in Motion Embraces the Future of Literacy in “Reading Together: Now” Event Series

October 2, 2020

On Thursday, September 24th from 5:00 – 6:30pm CT, Reading In Motion hosted a community conversation about virtual learning and literacy instruction for young learners.

Education disruptions are the norm right now. In response to the widespread shift to virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our webinar, Strange New Words: Early Learning in a Virtual World, explored how “the new normal” affects our youngest and most vulnerable learners, and what challenges and opportunities come with virtual learning.

Strange New Words brought together a variety of expert panelists on the topic of early literacy and virtual instruction, featuring Samina Hadi-Tabassum EdD, Clinical Associate Professor at Erikson Institute; Matt Jacobson, Online Learning Specialist for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois; Emily Quinlan, first grade teacher in Chicago Public School District; Cheyan Stander, first grade teacher in Clark County School District; and our moderator, Kristen Walter, Director of Education for Reading In Motion.

Each of the panelists contributed a unique and valuable perspective to this important conversation. Despite the many challenges of distance learning, such as attendance issues, technical difficulties, the digital divide, and more, our panelists emphasized positivity in connection, and the importance of creating open classroom spaces, even if they were limited to a screen. In the words of panelist Emily Quinlan, a first grade teacher in Chicago Public School District: “That’s been driving me every day…remembering I can still have an effect on kids through the screen, and I can expose them to things that can make them think and make them feel, and that we can still do that even when we’re not in the same space together.”

Strange New Words is the first in our new event series Reading Together: Now!. Bringing together community members, field experts, and our staff twice a year, these dialogues are centered on the topics of early learning, literacy education, and what we can do to strengthen our communities now and later.

We’re excited to share that this webinar is now available for public viewing! We encourage you to watch, share, and join us in this discussion around the challenges facing early literacy education right now, and the impact on families.

This event was made possible by our incredible sponsors, Adriana and Aaron Sanadres and GCM Grosvenor. Thank you for your support!

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📢 LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! 📢 Help us kick off the new school year by entering our Cubs ticket raffle! Give to Reading In Motion by midnight tonight to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! 🎟️HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

📢 LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! 📢 Help us kick off the new school year by entering our Cubs ticket raffle! Give to Reading In Motion by midnight tonight to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! 🎟️

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

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Show support for our innovative early literacy program *and* restock your greeting card supply! For the first time ever, you can order exclusive greeting cards featuring the art of a young reader in our program area of Chicago. Learn more & order now at the link in our bio!

Show support for our innovative early literacy program *and* restock your greeting card supply! For the first time ever, you can order exclusive greeting cards featuring the art of a young reader in our program area of Chicago. Learn more & order now at the link in our bio!

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Donate for a chance to win!😊 We're kicking off the new school year with a raffle. Give to Reading In Motion between by 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

Donate for a chance to win!😊 We're kicking off the new school year with a raffle. Give to Reading In Motion between by 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

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We're hiring! We're looking to add an Extra Dosage Instructor to our team to support our small-group literacy instruction in Chicago. 📖 Learn more and apply at the link in our bio!

We're hiring! We're looking to add an Extra Dosage Instructor to our team to support our small-group literacy instruction in Chicago. 📖 Learn more and apply at the link in our bio!

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#GIVEAWAY ALERT!
To celebrate the start of the school year, we're raffling off tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12! 🎟️⚾🚌HOW TO ENTER👇
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the 9/2. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3.This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
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#GIVEAWAY ALERT!
To celebrate the start of the school year, we're raffling off tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12! 🎟️⚾🚌

HOW TO ENTER👇
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the 9/2. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveawayalert #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs
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Thank you to everyone who attended our Auxiliary Board's 8th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event last night! We had a blast, and we're so grateful to have such an incredible community of supporters--for our city's students, and its team!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Auxiliary Board's 8th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event last night! We had a blast, and we're so grateful to have such an incredible community of supporters–for our city's students, and its team!

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The Cubs Rooftop Event is tonight, so we're giving a shoutout to an incredible sponsor who makes this event possible: @8Hospitality and their restaurants @hvacpub in Wrigley and @hubbardinn in River North! 🍽️🧡
🎟️Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door to join us tonight!

The Cubs Rooftop Event is tonight, so we're giving a shoutout to an incredible sponsor who makes this event possible: @8Hospitality and their restaurants @hvacpub in Wrigley and @hubbardinn in River North! 🍽️🧡
🎟️Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door to join us tonight!

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📣Come out to a ball game with Reading In Motion tonight! Join us at our Auxiliary Board's 8th annual Cubs Rooftop Event, a memorable evening of great baseball and great company, all supporting a great cause.⚾📚Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door.

📣Come out to a ball game with Reading In Motion tonight! Join us at our Auxiliary Board's 8th annual Cubs Rooftop Event, a memorable evening of great baseball and great company, all supporting a great cause.⚾📚Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door.

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We're giving a big shoutout to our Cubs Rooftop Event sponsor: Northwestern Mutual! Thank you for your support of our work and our students, especially during this last year of virtual learning.😊
🎟️Get & tickets now at the link in our bio!

We're giving a big shoutout to our Cubs Rooftop Event sponsor: Northwestern Mutual! Thank you for your support of our work and our students, especially during this last year of virtual learning.😊
🎟️Get & tickets now at the link in our bio!

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📣CUBS TICKET RAFFLE! ⚾Kick off the new school year by supporting young students! Purchase event tickets or donate to Reading In Motion between now (8/18) and 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveaway #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs #chicagocubs

📣CUBS TICKET RAFFLE! ⚾Kick off the new school year by supporting young students! Purchase event tickets or donate to Reading In Motion between now (8/18) and 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveaway #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs #chicagocubs

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