For immediate release | January 31, 2013

Knowledge Quest webinar aligns graphic novels to the standards

CHICAGO – In a new Knowledge Quest webinar hosted by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), writer Katie Monnin will guide attendees through aligning graphic novels to various national standards, including the AASL learning standards and the Common Core State Standards. “Aligning Graphic Novels to the Standards” will take place at 6 p.m. central time on Feb. 12, 2013. To register, visit

In her related January/February Knowledge Quest feature, “Aligning Graphic Novels to the Common Core Standards,” Monnin writes, “Pairing the study of traditional text-only books with graphic novels can support our efforts to engage every student and to help all students learn and grow.” To do this, Monin will demonstrate during the webinar how graphic novels align to the AASL learning standards, the Common Core State Standards and the National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association standards. Monnin will also tie graphic novels to contemporary reading and writing literacy realities students face in today’s diverse literary world.

The webinar is open to AASL members and subscribers of eCOLLAB, AASL’s professional development repository. Registrations will be accepted until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and a seat in the webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. To register, visit

Katie Monnin is an assistant professor of literacy at University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She has presented nationally at conferences on teaching graphic novels in the classroom, image and print-text literacies and new media. Monnin is co-editor of “Florida Reading Quarterly” and her book “Teaching Graphic Novels”was a finalist for the 2009 ForeWordEducation Book of the Year. She was selected to be a judge for the 2013 Eisner Awards which recognizes creative achievement in American comic books.

eCOLLAB |Your eLearning Laboratory: Content Collaboration Community, a repository of AASL professional development, provides members and subscribers with a central location to find and manage their e-learning as well as to connect with others in the learning community. eCOLLAB contains webcasts, podcasts and resources from various AASL professional development events, as well as the latest issue of Knowledge Quest in an interactive PDF format. To begin utilizing eCOLLAB or to subscribe, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer Habley

Web Communications Manager

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

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