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The Art of Comprehension: Visual Literacy for Elementary

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Facilitator(s): Trevor Bryan
Susan Woo
Date:August 27, 2019
Time:8:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Spruce Grove (Prescott Learning Centre)
340 Pioneer Road
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Course code: 19-LI-538

Target Audience

Teachers (Grades K to 6); Instructional Coaches; District Leaders/Consultants

Also Recommended For

School-based Administrators

About this learning opportunity

Trevor Bryan will share his approach to using illustrations and other forms of artwork to help students engage with comprehension and meaning-making skills. Trevor's approach is rooted in the idea that visual texts may be easier to decode than written texts on a surface level but can reveal complex ideas that require the same comprehension skills to make meaning as written texts require. Because of the accessibility of visual texts, most students, including striving readers and non-readers, can explore and discuss these texts deeply and meaningfully, engaging with the skills necessary for strong comprehension and conversation. Trevor will also share how this approach to viewing and reading texts can help students to develop visual literacy comprehension skills and to craft written texts that translate visual texts accurately and adeptly.

Susan Woo will be facilitating this pre-recorded webinar with attending participants with learning activities co-created with Trevor Bryan.

Copies of Trevor's book The Art of Comprehension will be available for purchase at the additional cost of $40.00. Only cash payment will be accepted.

Trevor's Social Media

Twitter: @trevorabryan


This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Trevor Bryan is a fierce arts education advocate who believes that great arts education can help all students engage and develop the skills they need for their future. Among his experiences as a teacher in classroom and museum settings, he adds author to his list of accomplishments with his first book The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence, along with Four O'Clock Faculty, his blog dedicated to educators looking to improve learning for themselves and their students. 

Trevor currently lives in New Jersey with his wife Laura and their two young children.

Susan Woo has been a teacher for over 20 years. She has her Masters in Educational Leadership and is passionate about literacy and student engagement in the classroom. She served as a curriculum coordinator in Edmonton Public Schools for six years where she supported teachers in all four divisions in the areas of literacy intervention, professional development, and assessment. Susan has taught all subjects in grades 7 to 9, high school English Language Arts, and literacy intervention classes from K-12. She is currently on secondment with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and is proud to support teachers in the areas of K-12 Literacy.