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Season 2, Episode 7:

Teaching Comprehension and Empathy with Picture Books

Teaching reading is more than just decoding. Understanding how characters in a story think, feel, and behave is crucial for nurturing young readers. In this episode, Author and Literacy Staff Developer Dana Clark discusses how picture books can effectively cultivate compassion and empathy in students to help them achieve their true reading potential. 

Learn more about the power of picture books for positive thinking by reading our blog.


Dana Clark

Dana Clark is a literacy staff developer with Gravity Goldberg, LLC. and co-author of Read-Alouds With Heart: Literacy Lessons That Build Community, Comprehension, and Cultural Competency. As a former teacher and literacy coach with two decades of experience, Dana now spends her days supporting teachers from K-12 in implementing literacy practices. As an educator, her greatest joy is working as a thinking partner with teachers as they explore ways to create supportive communities where students engage in purposeful and joyful learning. 



Cheryl holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, distinguished educational leader, and has been recognized with multiple awards for her achievements. She served as the lead curriculum developer for Learning Without Tears’ Get Set for School’s Language and Literacy curriculum, which received an AEP Distinguished Achievement award. In 2017, Cheryl was awarded the Investor Bank’s Educator of the Year Award.