We’re thrilled to announce this year’s YES pre-conference! You won’t want to miss the terrific presentations by wonderful guests, all about using storytelling in the modern classroom. Nor will you want to miss the rich conversation that always ensues when YES storytellers get together. Click below for the scoop on topics and presenters, and join us in Kansas City in July. It all happens one day before the kickoff of the NSN Annual conference. We’ll see you there!

More YES Pre-Conference information right here!

Here’s the schedule for the day, and a little bit about what’s going on:

8:30 AM – Registration Opens

9:00 AM – Welcome

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Using Storytelling in the Modern Classroom: A Panel Discussion
Experts in the field share ways they use storytelling to meet educational standards, create community, explore differences, and foster a deeper understanding of our world in classrooms.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lies My Teacher Told Me: How Storytelling Can Engage Students in History’s Absent Narratives
with Anthony Galloway
From the Redskins and Confederate monuments, to Rosa Parks, our textbooks are missing large pieces of historical narratives. From New York’s Wall Street being named for its history as the wall where slaves were sold to the real reason we call it the “Trail of Tears,” this session tackles the more interesting “below-the-line” narratives left out of some historic accounts. Explore the use of storytelling to counter poor social narratives that skew the richness of history.

Anthony Galloway has more than 15 years experience in equity and cultural programming. While studying in South Africa, he developed a passion for critical discourse pedagogy. Anthony co-founded “Dare 2 Be Real,” an anti-racist student leadership framework. With Dr. Patrick Duffy, he contributed to the book, More Courageous Conversations About Race (Singleton, 2012). He is also a contributor to The Kamau Kambui Circle for Cultural Learning’s Underground Railroad program and Counterstories podcast and radio program from Minnesota Public Radio.

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Dessert accompanies our annual business meeting (short & sweet)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Storytelling and Science: The “I-Wonder” Model of Science Teaching
with Sherry Norfolk
Stories ignite interest, which leads to discovery and insight. In this interactive session, we’ll explore ways it can plant seeds— of understanding, of passion, of curiosity, of delight— leading to a deeper understanding of Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science. Once curiosity is engaged, learning can’t be far behind! Stories generate questions: Why was the third Little Pig’s house strong enough to withstand the Wolf’s huff-and-puff? Why did Anansi sink when he put rocks in his pockets? Why did the Old Woman need sody sallyraytus to make her famous biscuits?

Sherry Norfolk is an award-winning storyteller, author, and teaching artist, performing and leading residencies and professional development workshops, nationally and internationally. As a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University, and coeditor of Science with Storytelling with Jane Stenson, Sherry is a recognized leader in integrating learning through storytelling.

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Break-Out Sessions with Contributors to Science with Storytelling: Strategies for the K-5 Classroom.
Choose a hands-on session in either Life Science or Earth and Space Science that you can use tomorrow!

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Closing Reflection and Discussion

For more information about the day or to apply for a scholarship, please email Katie Knutson at stories2teach@gmail.com.



Be sure to also check the NSN calendar of events!