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Shveta Miller, author of Hacking Graphic Novels, taught high school English Language Arts in New York City public schools and at a few colleges throughout Asia, where she honed the process of teaching students how to critically read and craft texts of all kinds, from TV sitcom scripts to graphic narratives and parodies of classic novels.
Now a teacher leader and literacy specialist, she presents nationally on research-based instructional practices and coaches teachers in their classrooms and online. She currently serves a school district in Oregon as a secondary instructional coach, primarily supporting teachers with differentiating instruction for students’ assessed rates and levels.
Shveta advocates for teaching with comics and graphic novels through her position as Director of Curriculum for Reading With Pictures, participation on Comic Con panels, and through school and library visits. Her articles about teaching and learning have appeared on popular education sites such as Edutopia, Cult of Pedagogy, Education Week, and Shaped: The HMH Blog. She is a contributing writer for Book Riot and the author of 5 Steps to a 5: 500 AP English Literature Questions (McGraw Hill, 3rd ed, 2021), a book that is less about memorizing test strategies and more about using higher-order questions to stretch your understanding of a range of complex literary texts. Shveta misses working directly with students as their classroom teacher but thrives when partnering with teachers to plan instruction, reflect on student work, create resources, and co-present at workshops.