Who is Amanda Havard?
Amanda Havard is the creator of the patent-pending Immersedition™ experience. Havard has advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education and Child Development, as well as in Cognitive Development as it pertains to Curriculum & Instruction from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and was appointed a fellowship to Peabody Research Institute where she was a part of projects that worked to design curriculum as it pertained to children's cognitive development. Seeing an opportunity to parlay this research into literature-based learning app experiences,
Havard partnered with researchers from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University to create the educational Romeo & Juliet Immersedition™ which allows for students to engage as they like, is structured to offer a scaffolded approach to literature learning, and gives students a chance to find a simple answer to inferential questions they might ask while reading, or signal them to ask that question even if they weren't already engaged in the text enough to answer it. It provides a tool for teachers and parents alike to allow their young readers to engage with the text in a structured, controlled environment that, most importantly, the student self-regulates.
The author of the supernatural young adult series, The Survivors, a transmedia franchise — including the pilot full-length novel Immersedition — with an online following of over 4.5 million readers, Havard has been profiled in a diverse array of publications (Wired, American Cheerleader Magazine, Ypulse) and recently wrote an article on the tangible learning benefits of immersive storytelling and future literacy for the National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE) ALAN Review.