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 Free Comic-Con Panel Explores Comics in the Classroom

Kapow! Whoosh! Zap! 

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is going to Comic-Con with a free panel where educators will discuss how to incorporate comics into learning in the classroom.  

The panel is part of the Comic-Con Educational Programming Track at the San Diego Central Library downtown. It features super-teachers from across the county: Jaime Brown, San Diego High School of International Studies; Mick Rabin, San Diego Unified School District; Christine MacNeil, Lilac School; Grace Nall, Walker Elementary; and Ella Rogosin, Olympian High School. The moderator will be Jewyl Clarke, integrated curriculum coordinator with SDCOE. 

The discussion will highlight teachers' experiences using comics in the classroom as they share how the practice can increase engagement and access for all students while developing a love for learning and secretly powering up literacy skills. Panelists will also share resources, tips, and tools they've gathered as part of a Comic-Con Educator Book Club.

"We want to share some of the experiences that teachers from diverse backgrounds have had using graphic novels to promote literacy skills and explore important topics in other subject areas," Clarke said. "It's a chance to experience what students are experiencing." 

Incorporating comics into the curriculum can increase engagement and access for students while developing a love for learning. 

The Kapow! Woosh! Zap! Comics in the Classroom panel will be from 11 a.m. to noon July 20 at the San Diego Central Library. The panel is free, but registration in advance is required.  

The Comic-Con Educational Programming Track is a collaboration between Comic-Con and the San Diego Public Library that offers access to a five-day conference exploring the role of comics in promoting education and literacy for all ages.  

The educational conference will take place from July 17 to 21 at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd in San Diego. Panels will include perspectives from educators, librarians, and publishers, discussing the latest trends and tools that can be utilized for the integration of comics into classroom at all grade levels. 

Seating is at the conference limited and participants will need to preregister. View a full list of the panels and register

In addition to the Education and Library track at the Central Library, this year the community can attend panels at the Comic-Con museum or at Barrio Haus without a badge. See the Comic-Con toucan blog post for more information on community programming.

Interested in joining the Educators Comic-Con Book Club?  Fill out the interest form to learn more.