Invited Speakers

WENDI PILLARS

Visual Impact: Transform Communication in Your Boardroom, Classroom, or Living Room

Session Description

If a picture is worth a thousand words, why do so many of us insist on a thousand words alone? Don’t miss this lively interactive session with Wendi Pillars as she shares the latest insights from the world of strategic communication, along with practical applications for visual practitioners, educators, and organizational trainers. Audiences are treated to a true multi-disciplinarian who weaves international travel, military service, entrepreneurism, climate advocacy, and non-traditional education into an inspiring, holistic conversation on using visual thinking to authentically and memorably communicate. No matter your audience’s age, there’s vast potential in using visual thinking to improve productivity, outcomes, and communication. Wendi’s students and clients have included government agencies, universities, NGOs, and innovative corporations and educators from all walks of life. Come spark your thinking and ignite your creativity! Bring markers, and don’t worry--no artistic talent necessary. Pinky promise.

Bio:

Wendi brings over two decades of global experience teaching language through multiple content areas, for all ages, both stateside and overseas. Earlier this year, she published a how-to of visual communication entitled  Visual Impact, which includes over 250 pages of fundamentals, techniques, ideas, and templates for anyone in a position wanting to open the windows of minds. Wendi is a Board Member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP), Member of the National Geographic Teachers Advisory Council, and longtime curiositarian whose explorations and research extend from the Arctic to Nepal to the Siberian Railway to her own backyard. She lives with her baseball-loving 15 year-old son, a rescue cat and dog, and her beloved bees. (And yes, she is a UT alum!)

Social Media: 

Twitter - @wendi322

Website: https://sketchmorethinkmore.com/

FRANK SERAFINI

Implications of Multimodal Theories on Visual Literacy Education


Session Description

It is of vital importance that educators continue to question and explore the various ways theories of visual and multimodal phenomena are conceptualized. Bringing together theories of multimodality, critical social theories, and visual literacy education, this keynote address will consider how these perspectives inform contemporary literacy education across a range of contexts and instructional approaches. What is multimodality doing, and not doing, for researchers and educators? What new ideas and approaches are needed? What instructional approaches are appropriate for educators today? What interpretive strategies need to be developed in children? This address will attempt to shed light on these ideas.

Bio:

Frank is currently a Professor of Literacy Education and Children‘s Literature in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Frank has published 11 textbooks with Heinemann, Scholastic, and Teachers College Press. Frank‘s new book, Beyond the Visual: An Introduction to Researching Visual and Multimodal Phenomena will be available in late 2021 from Teachers College Press. Frank has been awarded the Distinguished Professor of Children‘s Literature from the International Literacy Association, and Faculty Teaching Awards at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Arizona State University. Frank‘s current research projects include materiality in moveable picturebooks, the semiotic resources of wine labels, young children‘s multimodal compositions, and the roles of monsters in children‘s literature.

Social Media: 

Twitter - @doctorserafini

Website: www.frankserafini.com

Relevant Publications:

Serafini, Frank. (in press). Beyond the Visual: An Introduction to Researching 
    Multimodal Phenomena. Teachers College Press. 
Serafini, Frank & Gee, Elisabeth (2017). Remixing Multiliteracies: From New London to New 
    Times. Teachers College Press.
Serafini, Frank. (2014). Reading the Visual: An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacy
    New York: Teachers College Press.


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