Josh Elder, founder of RWP, was speaking about comics in the classroom long before the organization became a non-profit. Below is one of the first speeches Josh gave about the foundations of what would become Reading with Pictures at the December 4, 2009 TEDx PeachTree event, titled: What if we brought comic books into the classroom, and it changed everything?
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