Creative Learning Lab

May 2, 2019


Session 1 – 9:00am – 11:30am
Beyond Tights & Capes: Using Pop Culture to Engage Students in the Arts
Presented by: Dr. Katie Monnin and Adam Kullberg, Pop Culture Classroom

Session Details
From comics to cosplay to board games, pop culture literacies offer students and teachers countless ways to stimulate literacy and artistic skills. Join local nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, the brains behind Denver Comic Con, in this workshop to learn about how we utilize pop culture as a tool to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity, and build community through the Arts. Presenters Dr. Katie Monnin and Adam Kullberg, MFA will lead attendees through hands-on exercises and discussions about building a diverse, representative graphic novel collection for a diverse array of arts-based educational settings. Attendees will walk away with a host of pop culture-based strategies and resources that they can modify and adapt to their classrooms and communities.
Session 2 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Service-Learning and the Arts
Presented by: Justin Zakoren, Earth Force

Session Details
Justin Zakoren, Program Manager at Earth Force, will share the principles and process for how you can work with students to take on a project that positively impacts the community. The Earth Force Community Action and Problem Solving service-learning model follows a 6-step process that relies strongly on student voice and action.