May 2021 Educational Series


May 2021 Comic-Con Educational Series

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021

May 2021 Educational Series

This month's panels explore what it takes to put on an educational pop-up exhibit, a behind-the-scenes look at a graphic novel that's also a science book, and strategies for including comics in high school curricula. 

“How Did You Survive”: Using Interactive Displays to Teach About The Holocaust •

There is more to education than what is in a book. Education can be displayed on panels. Holocaust educators Susan Dubin, Esther Toporek Finder, and Heidi Straus talk with Sandra Scheller (Try To Remember Never Forget) about displaying books and creating pop up panels that can be used as an interactive display. Both Esther Finder and Heidi Straus created the pop up exhibit “How Did You Survive” These Holocaust themed panels can be used practically anywhere. Learn to create panels by starting with a theme and include personal experiences.

The Curie Society: Centering Science in Graphic Novels •

Do books and fiction have a role in science education? We certainly think so. This panel provides a behind-the-scenes view of The Curie Society, an original graphic novel created by Heather Einhorn & Adam Staffaroni (Lethal Lit, Daughters of DC, Free Hexel) of Einhorn’s Epic Productions and published by MIT Press (in stores now). It’s an exciting story with real science, inspirational characters, and some creative history. Join moderator Nadja Oertelt (Massive Science) in conversation with panelists Joy Barnes-Johnson (science educator), Kasia Chmielinski (science advisor), and Janet Harvey (The Curie Society).

Kapow! Woosh! Zap! Electrifying Learning Through Comics in the High School Classroom •

With a focus on comics in the high school classroom, this group of super teachers is excited to share their passion for comics with their students by creating rich educational experiences using comics as a medium. In this panel we discuss some of our favorite comics to teach, as well as resources and strategies for teaching comics in the classroom. Find the slides at and additional resources at Panelists: Facilitator, Jewyl Alderson Clarke (Integrated Curriculum Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education), Mick Rabin (Youth Advocacy Department, San Diego Unified High School District), Dizzy Rogosin (History, Olympian High School, Sweetwater UHSD), Joanna Sargent (Librarian, Garden Road Elementary, Poway USD), and Scott Nielsen (Special Education, Santana High School, Grossmont UHSD).

Click here to go to the Educational Panels playlist on YouTube!