Educational ProgramsDenver Pop Culture Con is produced and presented by Pop Culture Classroom, the non-profit dedicated to fostering a love of learning through the use of comics and pop culture. Denver Pop Culture Con offers a uniquely large and diverse set of activities specifically designed for educators, students and parents.
Education Panels and Sessions
Each year Denver Pop Culture Con and Pop Culture Classroom are proud to host hundreds of hours in educational panels and programming, all dedicated to helping educators, parents, caregivers and kids explore, discover and create using the power of pop culture.
Our goal for Educator’s Day is to provide teachers, librarians, administrators, and other educators the chance to learn about how they can improve their craft using the tools of pop culture. Qualified educators receive FREE admission for Friday, June 15th! We’re incredibly proud to announced that we will be hosting more than 200 educators this year, the largest group in our seven-year history..
Educator College Credits
We’re thrilled to announce the return of ED 589 for 2018. Offered through Adams State University as a 0.5 graduate credit, ED 589: Enhancing Education Through Pop Culture is a 3-day professional development course offered exclusively at the con!
If you are already signed up for the ED 589 program, click on the button below to view a complete list of all qualifying panels and programming.
Educator of the Year
We are excited to announce the winners of the second annual Pop Culture Educator of the Year Awards! All of these innovative educators have used pop culture to engage students, inspire a lifelong love of learning, encourage diversity, and increase literacy in their schools and local communities.
Also, thank you to everyone who nominated an educator this year. We were excited to hear about so many excellent educators using pop culture in their classrooms. And without further ado, the winners are:
ELEMENTARY LEVEL AWARD—BRITTANY PARIS
Brittany Paris teaches 1st-5th grade at Johnson Elementary School in Denver. Brittany has worked at Johnson Elementary School for the past two years as a Youth Enrichment Specialist. Brittany is a passionate advocate for restorative practices and inclusive classroom management techniques. Ms. Paris is an amazing teacher, who is wholeheartedly dedicated to the well-being and success of her students. She is a very talented lesson and curriculum developer who has fun and creative ideas for all the grades she teaches.
MIDDLE LEVEL AWARD—JIM MCCLAIN
Jim McClain, from North Side Middle School, is the creator of the math graphic novel, Solution Squad! He saw a need in his own classroom and decided to create a solution for himself. Not only does his book inspire children to open up their imaginations when learning about math, it allows teachers to ignite their classrooms and inspire other educators. Especially since it is thought that comics are only usable for subjects in the humanities, Jim truly demonstrates innovation because he brought his passions into the classroom.
HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL AWARD—MATT BRADY
A STEM advocate and teacher of physics at Parkland High School, Matt Brady is always educating. He has spoken at NSTA, New York Comic Con, C2E2 and many other venues in order to talk about using comics and pop culture in STEM content areas. Not only has he had his students simulate the opening scene in Deadpool with action figures and moving vehicles to calculate falling rates and get timing but also uses Spider-Man and his webs on near-weekly basis. He also runs the website, TheScienceOf.org, which blends pop culture and science for the community as well!
HIGHER EDUCATION LEVEL AWARD— DIANE SIEBER
Dr. Diane Sieber educates Engineering students in the importance of the humanities, social sciences and philosophy in the pursuit of technological excellence. From hosting pop culture movie nights to providing a library of culturally-relevant and up-to-date books, she uses pop culture as the departure point for understanding the human condition and the pursuit of happiness and purpose. Her main academic teaching is dedicated to helping her students understand how to read their world—memes, xkcd and all—in the context of emerging technologies. She fully utilizes popular culture and media that students are immersed to help them learn to read their world better!
Kids, Comic Contest
We at Pop Culture Classroom are excited to announce the winners of our Kids’ Comics Contest 2018!
Every year, we host a Comics Contest to highlight the talent and work of young artists in the area. Their work is reviewed based on art and storytelling by a panel of judges that select the best of the best.
Each winner receives two 3-day passes to Denver Pop Culture Con 2018 and will have their comics featured on our website. Grand prize winners receive an additional meet-and-greet with a professional comic artist and a feature at Denver Pop Culture Con!
We are incredibly pleased with all the submissions we’ve received this year. While we’d love to showcase every young artist’s work, we especially want to highlight our favorites.
Grand Prize Winners
We would like to thank everyone who submitted their work to us for this year’s Kids’ Comics Contest. Regardless of whether you won or lost, we hope that you keep on creating the wonderful art and stories we found in each of the comics. Passion, art, and creativity are at the core of what we do at Pop Culture Classroom, and we want to make sure that everyone who submitted their work goes on to reach their full potential as creators!
To the winners, we look forward to seeing you this year at Denver Pop Culture Con!
This year’s Honorable Mentions go to Dara G. for “Space Cat” and Juliana G. for “Evil and Death” in the Middle School category, and to DJ J. in the High School category.