This unique one-day conference for K-12 teachers will be held at the Toledo Museum of Art on June 14, 2019. Highlights of the event will include a keynote from Scott McCloud, American cartoonist and comic theorist, and featured presentation by Wendi Pillars, author of Visual Note-taking for Educators. In addition, a variety of breakout workshops meeting Ohio Learning Standards, ranging from reading currency to classroom filmmaking, will be offered.
Conference registration includes access to all sessions, certificate offering 10 contact hours, and lunch. Limited to the first 100 registrants.
Scholarship opportunities are available for teachers. Contact Kate Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and many other fiction and non-fiction comics spanning 30 years. He’s lectured and consulted on comics and digital media for Google, MIT, Pixar, Facebook, and Harvard University. He started the international 24-Hour Comic phenomenon, and his comics are available in 20 languages in print and online at scottmccloud.com. His most recent graphic novel is The Sculptor from First Second Books.
Wendi Pillars, NBCT and veteran, has been teaching Language Learners for 20+ years, K-12, stateside and overseas, in both military and civilian contexts. She believes language is the most powerful tool of diplomacy, and wishes all students had the opportunity to become multilingual. An advocate for Teacher Leadership and global thinking, Wendi is a member of the CTQ family, a 2018 PolarTREC Research Fellow, 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, and 2016 Teacher for Global Classrooms Fellow. She is the author of Visual Notetaking for Educators and is a regular contributor to EdWeek and other publications. Above all, she is someone who simply loves learning for the sake of learning. Find her at the ball field with her son Ian, or on Twitter @wendi322.
Making a Scene: Shooting a Short Film in Less than an Hour
Presented by Jeremy Olstyn
Watching films has given all of us a common visual language for telling stories. In the classroom, making short video projects is an exciting tool for students and teachers, both for reinterpreting information and for creating something brand new. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn methods of preparation, as well as standard camera angles and framing. In small groups, teams will film a short, scripted scene inside the Museum.
Mazza Museum’s Miles of Bravery: The Underground Railroad through Picture Books
Presented by University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum
Mazza Museum, the world’s first and largest collection of art from picture books, has created a traveling exhibit featuring art from picture books about the Underground Railroad. This exhibit will be traveling on Ohio’s Underground Railroad in 2020, making stops along the way in communities and schools. See the stunning original illustrations from world-class illustrators such as Jerry Pinkney, Don Tate, E.B. Lewis, and others as well as hearing about the stories of the brave souls who risked everything for freedom.
Picture books harness the powerful combination of images and text, a tool that creates vivid experiences for the reader. Not just for primary grades, picture books can be used as a unifier to give all learners a context and starting point. In this presentation, we will explore ways to interpret the illustrations, talk about the text, and find practical uses for these books in your classroom. Learn about extension activities created to connect the lessons from slavery and the Underground Railroad to students’ lives today. Be brave. Speak out. Help others.
Drawn to See
Presented by Michael Clink
This workshop will combine conversation, observation, and sketching exercises to lead participants on a fun and enriching exploration of the museum through drawing
“Walk inside the story.” —Story Making inside the fiction
Imagine reading and artistically representing the world of the book then creating a fictional world with your students where they use drama and story to make the world. From the book Wonder, they become PTA parents deciding if Auggie can enter their school or not. Experience how your classroom can change to be a courtroom deciding the outcome of a novel like The Sound Does Shine or The Hate U Give. This session shares how you can become a "story mediator and maker" and not produce a play, but instead create inquiry and visual dramatic action from the questions developed by the texts you are reading.This can work with fiction or non-fiction. Students can visually represent the work inside or outside the story world they create.
Show Me the Money
Presented by: The Money Museum (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)
This workshop will highlight the Federal Reserve’s FREE economic and personal finance resources for teachers, which are aligned to state standards and available in classroom set quantities at no charge. Learn how the Cleveland Fed’s Education & Museum Outreach department incorporates publications, historic replicas, exhibits and interactive activities to create curriculum that draws visual learners to topics around Economic & U.S. History, the Federal Reserve, Money and Personal Finance.
Day of the Western Sunrise: Using Animation to Teach History
Presented by Keith Remink and Angie Stokes
Explore the power of engaging students with creative and critical thinking opportunities by bringing the history of nuclear testing to life using a modern-style documentary. In this workshop, you will meet film director Keith Reimink and learn how he blended first-person accounts with animated storytelling to create a product for teaching while finding out how the film's curriculum can be integrated into your history, science, art, and language arts classes with middle and high school teacher Angie Stokes.
Visual Note-taking Jam Session
Presented by Wendi Pillars
Whether you're new to Visual Notes or a seasoned practitioner, this workshop will fire up your fingertips and your thinking powers! We will cover tools, techniques and tips, plus how to synthesize and structure your thoughts. You'll leave this hands-on practice session ready to implement similar ideas with your students. Bring your sketchbook and be ready to burst with inspiration to capture your world in a more memorable way!
- 8–9 a.m. | Check In
- 9–10:15 a.m. | Wendi Pillars Presentation
- 10:30 a.m. – noon | Break Out Session One
- Making a Scene: Shooting a Short Film in Less Than an Hour
- Walking Inside the Story: Story Making Inside the Fiction
- Drawn to See
- 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | LUNCH
- 1:15–2:45 p.m. | Breakout Session Two
- Everything is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art & Music Curator Talk with Scott Boberg
- Miles of Bravery: The Underground Railroad through Picture Books
- Day of the Western Sunrise: Using Animation to Teach History
- 3–4 p.m. | Breakout Session Three
- Show Me the Money
- Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue Curator Talk with Halona Westbrook
- Visual Note-taking Jam Session
- 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Keynote Speaker: Scott McCloud