Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
7:00 am – 1:30 pm

May 3, 2023

$279.00 per person

Increase the Success of Your Struggling Readers Using Graphic Novels (Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Shveta Miller

Outstanding ELA Teacher, National Presenter and Author

Specifically Designed for Middle and High School English/Language Arts (ELA) Teachers, Interventionists, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Aides, and Administrators

  • Proven innovative techniques designed to develop confident, independent readers and writers
  • Step-by-step processes for facilitating a range of creative, highly engaging exercises guaranteed to stimulate rigorous thinking and improve learning for your struggling readers
  • Practical, ready-to-use strategies specifically for use with graphic novels, visual storytelling and more that are flexible enough to meet the diverse needs of all ELA students
  • Receive an extensive digital resource handbook packed with instructional tools and resources you can use right away to increase the English/Language Arts growth of your students

Practical Strategies

Do you see highly capable students struggle to persist through reading and analyzing complex literary texts? Do you also witness struggling Language Arts students reach for graphic novels during independent reading time, or hide their comics behind the assigned class novel or textbook? Do you wonder about the value of visual texts and the place they have in a strong, standards-aligned classroom? In this NEW, idea-packed seminar, you will learn how to ignite excitement for reading and analyzing complex texts even among your most struggling ELA students. You will gain specific methods for motivating students to practice reading strategies by skillfully using engaging visual texts in your lessons. You will explore innovative techniques that teach struggling students to approach and read challenging text independently, while reflecting on their progress as readers. You will learn how to better engage students in deep text discussions and equip them with the tools to masterfully communicate using a range of visual story-telling techniques and devices. Join outstanding ELA expert and national presenter SHVETA MILLER as she shares how best to help struggling students change their mindsets, developing a culture of “I can” while building a classroom of thriving readers, writers and thinkers.

Shveta will demonstrate the best of what she has found to be successful for increasing struggling readers’ skills. She will share a wealth of ready-touse resources, strategies, and lessons designed to help students who are reluctant to read at all, who struggle to read complex texts critically, and who are disengaged with learning. She has helped countless students soar in confidence, skill acquisition, and performance, and wants that for your students, as well.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Engage Struggling Students in Reading Using Graphic Novels
    Ignite your reluctant readers’ excitement for reading using high-engagement, rich, complex visual texts
  2. Discover How Visual Storytelling Builds Struggling Readers’ Comprehension Skills
    Teach reading comprehension and analysis skills using accessible visual texts as practice
  3. Guide Students to Critically Analyze Visual Texts
    Guide students’ discovery of the numerous techniques and devices at work in graphic novels and teach them how to analyze their effects and impact
  4. Increase Struggling Students’ Capacity to Close Read Complex Texts
    Learn how to use visual storytelling and graphic novels to increase your struggling students’ use of key questions to better examine visuals and increase comprehension
  5. Promote Students’ Capacity to Consider Multiple Perspectives
    Discover effective ways to use student collaboration to enhance students’ understanding of a text’s complex themes, concepts, and points of view … Learn how graphic novels and other visual storytelling tools remove barriers for struggling students
  6. Integrate Powerful Online Resources to Strengthen Students’ Reading and Writing Skills
    Expand students’ ideas of what is possible with visual texts … Discover dozens of the best online resources and tools
  7. Maximize Students’ Progress with Language Arts Standards
    Learn which graphic novels and other visual media tools help students hone a range of literacy skills and learn how to use these tools to maximize student learning with engaging, innovative, and deceptively simple visual stories
  8. Motivate Struggling Readers to Persist with Challenges
    Leverage students’ interest in visual media to set goals and achieve high standards for reading, speaking, and writing
  9. Encourage Students to Think Flexibly and Creatively
    Use open-ended visual texts to help students think outside-of-the-box, resist easy conclusions and closure, and explore the possibilities of what they are reading
  10. Receive a Valuable Digital Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar filled with dozens of techniques, strategies, and activities you can use the very next day with your English/Language Arts students

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies for using graphic novels and other visual literacy tools to make a dramatic difference for your students who struggle with reading
  • How to use engaging visual texts to motivate all students, but especially struggling or reluctant readers, to practice and master reading and communication skills at a high standard
  • Classroom proven strategies to guide struggling students to success using graphic novels and other visual media
  • Numerous tools and devices for teaching with complex visual texts
  • Step-by-step processes to develop students’ stamina to look for and engage with complexity and develop a sense of comfort with ending with increasingly sophisticated questions instead of simple answers
  • Ways to develop students’ capacities to critically examine visuals of all kinds, from comics and graphic novels to the logo on their t-shirt and the graphic design on the apps on their phone
  • How to cultivate a culture of collaboration in the classroom, where all students are seen as assets and fellow scholars with valued perspectives on open-ended, rich visual texts
  • Explicit instructional strategies for close reading for students struggling to read
  • How to incorporate basic drawing as a vehicle for students to think, process what they learn, express their emerging understanding of complex topics, systems, processes, and ideas, and tell impactful stories
  • Dozens of methods for developing independent learners who think outside-of-the-box, resist easy conclusions and closure, and explore the possibilities of what they are learning
  • To help students escape the comfort zone and productively struggle in the growth zone as they experiment with new tools, engage with unfamiliar texts, and try new modes of expression that they may have feared before
  • Ideas to connect students to the wider world outside of the classroom, to others who are creating visual work and those who are breaking new ground with visual narrative

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I created the seminar I wish I had when I first taught a large group of struggling readers in my high school English class almost 20 years ago. While my students struggled to engage with reading lengthy novels and non-fiction articles, I struggled to teach the discrete skills they needed to succeed and to motivate them to persist with challenges. But bringing graphic novels, comics and more into my classroom made me a significantly better teacher. By using visual literacy tools to teach all my students how to critically read texts, analyze their messages and impact on readers, and create their own visual stories, I saw their confidence and performance soar. I became convinced of the potential and high abilities all students have to succeed.

Over the next several years, I mastered strategies and techniques for how to inspire struggling readers and help them achieve high standards of reading and writing. Using visual storytelling, graphic novels, comics and more in the classroom dramatically increases access to literacy standards and guarantees engagement for all students, but especially those who are reluctant readers. In this fast-paced, resource-rich seminar, I will walk you through proven stepby-step processes and strategies to catch up all your struggling ELA students, but the ultimate value is in learning how to develop students’ capacity to look at visual texts with intention, analyze and evaluate the complexity of what is there, see possibilities in what is depicted, ask increasingly nuanced questions, and bravely communicate their own original stories and ideas.

If you have struggling readers in your classroom, I am excited to share with you innovative ideas for how to make a true shift in their mindsets and performance. I want you to witness these struggling but highly capable students floor you with their insight, passion, and growth. In this seminar, you will find compelling exercises and approaches you can implement with your students tomorrow. I can’t wait to spend the day with you!

Shveta Miller

P.S. Not only do I promise that you will leave with a ton of great strategies and ideas – I guarantee you will leave inspired and excited to help your struggling students find success in English/Language Arts!

Who Should Attend

Middle and High School English/Language Arts (ELA) Teachers, Interventionists, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Aides, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Visible Learning Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Research-based, classroom-proven strategies for helping your struggling ELA students catch up
    • Specific strategies and techniques you can use the very next day
    • Dozens of resources, forms, and ideas that will help you put your learning into immediate practice
    • A wealth of reproducible instructional and assessment materials
    • Practical activities that will motivate and energize your struggling ELA students
    • Extension activities you can incorporate as your students move from struggling to excelling
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their reading program.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Shveta Miller will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own reading program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.