Laura Jimenez to Speak at NCTE 2012 Annual Convention

Laura Jimenez will be presenting at the 2012 Annual Convention hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The 2012 Annual Convention will be held November 15-18, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Jimenez will be presenting on the panel, “Connecting Engagement and Practice to Ignite Comprehension of Picture Books and Graphic Novels,” on Friday, November 16, 2012, from 9:30 am to 10:45 am. An excerpt from the description of this session in the Convention Program reads:

Teachers know the excitement elicited by an engaging picture book or graphic novel. In this presentation, participants will engage with picture books and graphic novels as readers in order to better understand and scaffold strategies to capitalize on engagement and increase student comprehension. Participants will leave with ideas and mini-lessons that can be used with their own students.

Dr. Jimenez’s research is aptly fit for this panel. Her research has thus far focused on adolescent reading comprehension and reading motivation. Dr. Jimenez’s dissertation, “Experts Making Sense of Graphic Novels,” is a study of expert graphic novel and expert print-dominant novel readers comprehending graphic novels. The analysis focused on attention shifts, meta-cognitive reading strategies, and the time readers took to understand the texts.

Each year, the NCTE Annual Convention hosts thousands of K-12 teachers, college faculty, administrators, and other educational professionals from around the world. The convention aims to share best practices and new ideas, offer workshops and professional development, and test the latest teaching materials.

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