Spotlight and Smart Lunch Discussions

We are excited to introduce colleagues, education and counseling candidates and the PNW community to faculty research and collaborative technology through two programs: Spotlight and Smart Lunch.

Join Spotlight via Zoom

Join Smart Lunch via Zoom

On the second Wednesday each February, March, April, September, October and November, we spotlight one of our faculty’s research. Through presentations and discussions of relevant topics in education, each 45-minute Spotlight allows time for a presentation and Q&A session with attendees.


Wednesday, February 9th – Grace Hartzell Pigozzi, Ph.D., 4pm-5pm in-person CLO 239 or via Zoom

The Golden Fire: Forging Links Between Graphical Device Comprehension and Text Comprehension

Reading comprehension is influenced by much more than the ability to decode words. Word knowledge, engagement, and fluency each contribute to text comprehension. Yet, students’ abilities to understand graphical devices also may also contribute significantly to successful comprehension. This paper is part of a larger study that uses a multimodal framework to discuss how children use graphical devices to mediate text and often to craft new meanings altogether. Findings and implications suggest the explicit teaching of image interpretation, a crucial component of comprehension.

Through presentations and discussions of relevant topics in education, each 30-minute Smart Lunch allows time for a presentation and Q&A session with attendees via Zoom.