Introduction – Professional development in storytelling gives teachers a deep understanding of story and its power to connect people and ideas. Storytelling offers students of all ages, lessons and strategies for building and improving skills in reading, writing, language acquisition, and comprehension. Teachers who develop storytelling skills and learn to embed them in curriculum and classroom routines acquire new ways to engage students, encourage student communication, and improve critical and creative thinking.
Professional Development Format:
• Half- or Full-Day Workshops: An introduction to the art of storytelling with a focus on using it to build specific classroom skills.
• Semester or Year-Long Residency: Storytellers and teachers collaborate to build a story-centered classroom culture as teachers develop a personal storytelling practice.
• Two to Five-Day Intensive Training: A group of teachers immersed in the ‘what, why, and how’ of storytelling.
Professional Development Focus:
• Learning to Tell Stories – Learn the process of choosing a story, techniques for developing a story, and modes of story delivery.
• Stories and Curriculum: Explore exciting methods of bringing stories and storytelling into your classroom and across curricula.
• Storytelling as A Springboard for Writing: Analyze the social and emotional relationships between story characters, their behaviors and circumstances, with our own. Explore the universality of stories and learn tips for sparking and facilitating rich discussion. Learn methods of propelling these discussions into active forms of writing including, stories, journals, poetry, scripts, and screenplays.
• Site-based individualized program developed collaboratively with educators to help address specific academic or community needs.