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Comic Book Project event at RIC, Dec. 3

A Comic Book Project roundtable and workshop will be presented on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Henry Barnard School. The roundtable will take place from 1-2 p.m. in room 214, followed by the workshop in the cafeteria from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

The event will be presented by Michael Bitz, executive director of the Center for Educational Pathways and Comic Book Project creator. It is sponsored by Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

Participants in the roundtable will include Patrick Duhon, director of Expanded Learning, PASA/Providence Public School Department; Hillary Salmons, executive director of PASA; Elizabeth Devaney, deputy director of PASA; Liz Garofalo, coordinator, Community Service Learning, FSEHD; and 6-10 RIC faculty and community organization members.

RIC is partnering with the Providence After School Alliance – which annually serves 1,800 middle school youth via its after-school system called the AfterZone – to bring the Comic Book Project training to RIC.

The Comic Book Project (CBP) is a nationally recognized research-based literacy program developed at Columbia University and being used with thousands of K-12 students and after-school programs across the country.

The CBP will be used as part of a remediation/academic acceleration program PASA is developing in partnership with the Providence Public School Department. Implementation is occurring in partnership with City Year, Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, and PASA's Everyday Explorer AmeriCorps members – the majority of whom are RIC teacher candidates.

This event serves as a precursor to a full-day comic book/graphic novels conference to be held at RIC on March 23, 2011.

For more information, contact Liz Garofalo at (401) 456-8877/mgarofalo@ric.edu.