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September 17th Teaching Shindig!

Hey, everyone!

As many of you know, my conglomerate of comics teachers, with the help of the Oak Lawn Library, put together an educational symposium taking place on Saturday, September 17th!  While much of the programming is going to focus on comics in the classroom (mainly language arts and STEM grades 6-12), we are also proud to be bringing you some gamification, safe spaces discussion, and much more!  Here is what you can expect as well and the tentative people that will be appearing on each panel/workshop.  We really hope to see you there.  Here is a link to the Oak Lawn Library’s calendar so that you can sign up for the sessions.  Continuing education credits will be provided!

Help us spread the word.  Also, there will be a few giveaways, and we will hopefully be participating in an unofficial meet and greet to continue the conversation after the event at a local bar, but you have to show up for those details…

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Saturday, September 17th

Members of the Comics Education Offensive will present panels and workshops focused on integrating comics and graphic novels into Science, Math, and English curriculum for grades 6-12. Networking opportunities and CPDUs will also be available. Registration is recommended to secure your spot. Sponsored by the Oak Lawn Public Library, Community High School District 218, Alternate Reality Comics, and the Comics Education Offensive.

10:00 A.M.

Teaching With Comics Symposium Commencement 

Welcome! Stop by this introduction to the day and learn what you can expect from the day’s festivities. Join us for the symposium commencement in Room B.

10:30

Comics & STEM Workshop

Please join us as STEM educators lead you through some amazing hands-on classroom activities, focusing on comics. Attendees will leave with practical information, lesson planning ideas, and assignments to take back to their classrooms and departments.

Featuring: Tarek Cattan, Mike Espinos, Jim McClain

Intro to Comics in the Classroom

If you are still wondering “Why comics?” in the classroom, wonder no more. This group of experienced educators will dish out the basics of why comics are an amazing tool in the classroom, citing current research and data.

Featuring: Eric Kallenborn, Jason Nisavic, Brit Francis, Claire Hotaki

11:00

The Representation Bookshelf: Diversity Through Comics

As our nation becomes more diverse, so has the face of our classrooms…and comics’ industry. This panel of educators and librarians will discuss the ever-changing climate of comics and what you can do to diversify your comics’ bookshelf!

Featuring: Ronell Whitaker (Moderator), Katie Schenkel, Adam Alvarado, Izabel Gronski, Caitlin Rosberg

11:30

Gamification!  Power-up Your Teaching

Please join this group of educators, well-versed in the gamification of the classroom, as they explain how that have incorporated a multitude of different types of gaming into their classrooms and offer ideas and resources to take with you!

Featuring: Jason Nisavic (Moderator), Jeff Vazzana, Brit Francis, Mike Espinos

12:00

Comics in the Language Arts Classroom Workshop

Please join us as English educators lead you through some amazing hands-on classroom activities, focusing on comics. Attendees will leave with practical information, lesson planning ideas, and assignments to take back to their classrooms and departments.

Featuring: Eric Kallenborn, Adam Ebert

Creating Safe Spaces

In this unique panel, educators will discuss how to create safe spaces in the classroom, in the building, and in your sport team/activity. From bullying to fandoms, we will discuss what can and should be done to promote healthy, inclusive experiences for your students.

Featuring: Russ Guldin (Moderator), TJ Kahriman, Jeff Pastiak, Jen Wargin

12:30

Working With Your Local Comic Shop: Spotlight on Alternate Reality

Join Tim “Comic Book Man” Davis from Alternate Reality Comics and educators that frequent his store as they discuss what the local comic book store can do for you, your classroom, and your entry into the amazing medium.

Featuring: Tim Davis, Ronell Whitaker, Adan Alvarado

2:00

Comics in the STEM Classroom

As the current educational climate changes, so does our approach to teaching. This is as apparent in the STEM arena as any other educational discipline. Please join this group of STEM educators as they discuss ways in which they have used comics and pop culture in their classrooms to inspire and promote learning.

Featuring: Tarek Cattan, Mike Espinos, Jim McClain

2:30

Teaching Classics and Book Pairings With Comics

As education delves further into the comics’ medium, amazing book pairings and classic adaptations are popping up left and right. This panel will focus on illustrating some of the wonderful classical adaptations and cool book pairings that may just change the way you view how comics/graphic novels can be used in your classroom.

Featuring: Ronell Whitaker (Moderator), Russ Guldin, Katie Schenkel, Adam Ebert, Caitlin Rosberg

3:00

Non-Fiction Workshop

Please join us as English and Social Studies educators lead you through some amazing hands-on classroom activities, focusing on non-fiction comics. Attendees will leave with practical information, lesson planning ideas, a non-fiction book list, and assignments to take back to their classrooms and departments.

Featuring: Jason Nisavic, Tarek Cattan

Let me know if you have any questions!  See you there!