ROR: Annual Conference

Posted on: April 8, 2010

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read of Illinois: Annual Conference, 2010

REGISTER NOW”for the 2010 Reach Out and Read of Illinois Annual Conference! The conference will be held on April 16, 2010 from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, IL. Participants will be eligible to receive a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits„• (please see detailed CME information on the registration form).  Topics include family literacy, cultural competency, early childhood programs and services for students with disabilities, ROR residency training, theories in bilingual development and best practices in ROR.  Three conference sessions are approved by the Illinois Early Intervention Training program for 3.0 credential hours (please see detailed EI Training information below).

Registration fees are $50 for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and $20 for all other attendees, including residents. The conference includes breakfast, a coffee break, lunch, exhibits, giveaways, and more.

This exciting day long educational conference will be an opportunity for you to hear nationally and locally renowned speakers and for you to network with other healthcare providers and ROR coordinators. Please click here to download the 2010 Reach Out and Read of Illinois Annual Conference registration form.

Please contact Christina Boothby, ROR Project Manager, at 312/733-1026 ext 204 or with any questions about the conference.

April 16, 2010 Conference Agenda

8:30-9am”Registration/Breakfast/Visit the Exhibits: Complex Lobby/Reception Hall

9am”Welcome: Commissioner Mary Dempsey

9:10am”Introduction: Judy Neafsey, MD, FAAP (Cook County Bureau of Health Services/Reach Out and Read IL Chairperson)

9:15-10:15am”Family Literacy: Timothy Shanahan, PhD (UIC Center for Literacy)

10:15-10:30am”Coffee Break/Networking/Visit the Exhibits

10:30-11:45am”Cultural Competency Panel: Nora Barquin, PhD, LCSW (Family Network); Shelley Maxwell (Family Start Learning Centers/UIC Center for Literacy); and Itedal Shalabi, MSW (Arab American Family Services)

11:45am”12:45pm”Lunch/Networking/Visit the Exhibits

12:50-1:35pm”Breakout Session 1

Early Childhood Programs and Services for Students with Disabilities: Angela Higginbotham (Chicago Public Schools)
Reach Out and Read in Residency Training: Mariana Glusman, MD, FAAP (Children’s Memorial Hospital/Reach Out and Read IL Medical Director); Judy Neafsey, MD, FAAP (Cook County Bureau of Health Services/Reach Out and Read IL Chairperson) & Beth Volin, MD, FAAP (Rush Pediatric Primary Care Center)

1:40-2:25pm”Breakout Session 2

Literacy and Bi-literacy”a Joyful Journey: Kristin Lems, EdD (National-LouisUniversity)
How your ROR Program can Thrive!: Barbara Ducharme, MBA, M.Ed. (Reach Out and Read National Center)

Illinois Early Intervention Credit Options

The following sessions are approved by the Illinois Early Intervention Training program for 3.0 credential hour:

Workshop Title Total Hours Content Area
Family Literacy 1.0 Working with Families
Cultural Competency Panel 1.25 Working with families
Literacy and Bi-Literacy – A Joyful Journey 0.75 Intervention

2010 Reach Out and Read of Illinois Conference Speaker Biographies

Nora Barquin, PhD, LCSW
Family Network

Ms. Nora Barquin is a Program Coordinator at Family Network since 2002. Nora Barquin is a native of Mexico City where she earned a PhD in Biology. She worked for many years in biomedical Research. While volunteering at Erie Neighborhood House, she developed an interest in the Mexican Immigrant Community. She pursued a degree in social work in 2000. Right From The Start is a preventive program that provides education and support for low-income Latino families targeting specifically pregnant women and families with children. She has a broad experience working with Latino Families in many different settings and understands Latino immigrants’ needs.

Barbara Ducharme, MBA, M.Ed.
Reach Out and Read National Center
Ms. Barb Ducharme joined Reach Out and Read in 2003, as liaison to ROR Coalitions around the U.S. and to develop additional program quality assessment tools. Later she became the Director of National Programs, responsible for overseeing program startup, sustainability and support, and ROR provider training programs. Currently, Ducharme oversees all training and program quality initiatives for ROR and supports several Coalitions across the country. Prior to Reach Out and Read, Ducharme held leadership roles in a variety of organizations that monitored health care quality and provided continuing professional education for health care professionals in the US. Ducharme holds a masters degree in business administration from Simmons College and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University.

Mariana Glusman, MD
Children’s Memorial Hospital/Reach Out and Read of Illinois Medical Director

Dr. Mariana Glusman is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University. She received her undergraduate degree at Brown University and her Medical Degree at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1996 and has been a pediatrician at the Children’s Uptown Clinic since then. She has a large panel of patients with a broad range of healthcare needs. Her areas of interest are literacy promotion in the pediatric setting, health literacy, health disparities, working with Latino families, improving links between pediatricians and schools, and language development. She has successfully established two separate Reach Out and Read sites at Children’s Memorial Hospital, a mentoring program for high school students, and a health literacy program for parents. Dr. Glusman has been the Medical Director for Reach Out and Read of Illinois since 2006. She is working on multiple initiatives to expand the program throughout the state, to form closer links with the library system and to improve outreach to Latinos. Dr. Glusman, lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

Angela Higginbotham, MS, MA
Chicago Public Schools

Ms. Angela Higginbotham is the Manager of Early Childhood Programs in the Office of Specialized Services, Program Development of the Chicago Public Schools. Her responsibilities include grant management and ensuring 2000 early childhood students with disabilities receive specialized services. Angela began her career with the Chicago Public Schools as a Speech Pathologist and assumed her current responsibilities in 2007.  Angela received her BA in Psychology and BS in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from Marquette University. She received her MS in Communicative Disorders from Southern Illinois University and an MA in Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University.

Kristin Lems, EdD
National-Louis University

Dr. Kristin Lems is a Full Professor at National-Louis University, where she teaches in the ESL/Bilingual Education Program in the College of Education. A former Fulbright Scholar, she has a doctorate in Reading and Language and has recently published Teaching Reading to English Language Learners: Insights from Linguistics (2010, Guilford), in addition to many chapters and articles about reading and biliteracy. She speaks several other languages well and is also a professional folksinger. She has been a music teacher with preschool Hispanic children through Merit School of Music and in several family literacy programs. contact:

Shelley Maxwell
Family Start Learning Centers/UIC Center for Literacy

Ms. Shelley Maxwell has brought family literacy services to thousands of families through the literacy initiatives she has championed.  Her first successful literacy project began while she was raising her own children in Chicago Public Housing.  All three went on to pursue post-secondary education.  Ms. Maxwell’s professional literacy career began as the Intergenerational Literacy Coordinator for the Chicago Public Library Literacy Initiative.  As a result of Shelley’s efforts, hundreds of parents and children were served at Chicago Public Library Reading and Study Centers.  Shelley says Reading and Study centers were a haven for families that cut through the urban blight and hopelessness of public housing.  Shelley went on to manage the Adult Basic Reading Program which matched non-readers with professionals that wanted to volunteer as literacy tutors on neutral turf.  Shelley developed successful student/tutor matches for more than 1,000 adult literacy students from 1990 to 1992.  In 1992, the Chicago Department of Human Services developed a program to increase family literacy services for Head Start parents, children and family members.  Ms. Maxwell was asked to manage this new initiative:  Family Start Learning Centers (FAST).  FAST started with one site offering the family literacy training series at Head Start centers and adult literacy classes at a FAST Center located on Chicago’s Westside.  Today FAST has four locations, eleven onsite classes at Head Start centers, and facilitates hundreds of on-site family literacy workshops serving over 4,000 families annually.  In addition, the program has helped parents move toward self-sufficiency through many work experience programs.  Hundreds of parents have received training to prepare for AmeriCorps service. FAST has supported more than 250 parents to graduate from National Service programs (AmeriCorps and VISTA).

Judith Neafsey, MD
Cook County Bureau of Health Services/Reach Out and Read Illinois Chairperson

Dr. Judith Neafsey is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rush Medical School. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University and her medical degree from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital in 1982. After 5 years as faculty for Chicago Medical School at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital she became Medical Director of the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center at Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she worked for 13 years. During that time she practiced in and managed a multispecialty Pediatrics practice. There she became involved in Reach out and Read for the first time through a project for parenting teens For the last 7 years she worked for Saint Anthony Hospital as Medical Director of 2 Chicago Department of Health sites in Pilsen and Little Village. During that time she assisted 5 more Department of Health sites to apply for and receive Reach out and Read grants. In October of 2008 she became the Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics for the Ambulatory and Community Health Network of the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. She is interested in health care to the underserved and promotion of healthy child development through both medical and community based efforts. Since 2006 she has chaired the Advisory Committee for Reach out and Read Illinois. She enjoys living in Chicago with her husband and two grown daughters nearby.

Itedal Shalabi, MSW
Arab American Family Services

Ms. Itedal Shalabi earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Jane Adams College of Social Work and officially received the title of Executive Director in mid-2005. In this role, Ms. Shalabi is responsible for all operational aspects of the organization, including overall supervision of the organization’s programmatic, management, and administrative functions. Being a passionate speaker and leader for immigrant rights in her community, she has been primarily responsible for conducting most of AAFS’ community outreach events and educational seminars since she helped co-found the agency, in 2001. Ms. Shalabi took AAFS from a 2 staff agency to a 26 staff agency in past eight years. Ms. Shalabi co-chaired the ethnic committee for Domestic Violence Advisory Council and then sat on the board of the Domestic Violence Advisory council. Ms. Shalabi is also on the faith based initiative of the Chicago Battered Women’s Network and on the Executive committee of the same organization. Ms. Shalabi also sits on the board of CLESE and Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence. Further, she took the office from a non-existent budget to a budget close to $825,000 last year alone. Ms. Shalabi took the agency from one department to over 9 departments to meet the specific needs of the Arab American Community. AAFS has served over 15,000 individuals last year alone, with 30% of that number being non-Arab/Muslim. Ms. Shalabi listens intently to her staff, particularly to the agency’s Case Workers who work closely with clients and who have the best grasp of issues and trends occurring in AAFS’ service area.

Timothy Shanahan, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy

Dr. Timothy Shanahan is Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chi­cago where he is Di­rector of the UIC Center for Literacy. He was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools, serving 437,000 children, and has authored or edited about 200 publications including the books, Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners, Teachers Thinking”Teachers Knowing, Multi­disciplinary Per­spec­tives on Literacy, Reading and Writing Together, and Under­standing Re­search in Read­ing and Writing. His research emphasizes reading-writing relationships, reading assessment, and improving reading achievement, and he is frequently quoted in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek, and has appeared on the O’Reilly Factor. Professor Shanahan is past president of the International Reading Association. In 2006, he received a presidential appointment to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy, and he is on the Board of Directors of Reach Out and Read, and has served on the National Reading Panel, a group convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the request of Congress to evaluate research on successful methods of teaching reading. He has chaired two other federal research review panels: one on the literacy learning of language minority children and one on preschool and family literacy, and currently he is participating in the development of the common core standards in the English Language Arts for the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association.  Shanahan received the Albert J. Harris Award for outstanding research on reading disability from the International Reading Association, the Milton D. Jacobson Readability Re­search Award also from IRA, the Amoco Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Uni­versity of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement, and was Researcher of the Year in Humanities and the Social Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. He co-developed Project FLAME, a family literacy program for Latino immigrants, which received an Academic Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education. His research and develop­ment projects have attracted approximately $5 million in funding from government agencies and the philanthropic commu­nity. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007. He is a former first-grade teacher. For more information, visit his blog at

Beth Volin, MD
Rush Pediatric Primary Care Center

Dr. Beth Volin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Rush Medical CoIlege and the Director of the Division of General Pediatrics of Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago. She is also the Associate Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Rush and the Medical Director of the Rush Pediatric Primary Care Center, a large urban pediatric practice that sees 33,000 visits/year and houses the Rush Reach Out and Read Program. Dr. Volin has been the AAP’s CATCH Facilitator for the State of Illinois for eight years and sits on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

2010 Reach Out and Read of Illinois Annual Conference Agenda and Registration form (.pdf)

For more information about Reach Out and Read of Illinois or the 2010 ROR IL Annual Conference, please contact:

Christina Boothby, MPA
Reach Out and Read Project Manager
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: 312/733-1026, ext 204
Fax: 312/733-1791