SIG Pre-Conference Workshops are an opportunity to start your conference early with significant programs that reflect the focus of each SIG. These workshops, keynotes, discussions, concerts, and excursions allow you to jump start your conference and connect with others who share your interests.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Youth, Educators and Storytellers Alliance (YES!) Pre-Summit Workshop

Storytelling methods and strategies as used in grades K-12



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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Healing Story Alliance (HSA) Pre-Summit Workshop
Daring Acts: Cultivating Resilience and Wholeness through Story 

How do we facilitate fresh conversation that maps a clear path through our collective numbness, fear, and the cycles of painful wounding? “Daring Acts” is an experiential workshop based on the work of social scientist Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW and her research on emotional fluency that brings meaning to our lives and fosters experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, and belonging.

  • Learn to excavate and process story through metaphor and create break-through moments through story.
  • Discover and explore techniques for sharing story from your most raw, essential, and complex self.
  • Join in a global conversation devoted to resilience stories, developing Rising Skills®, and fostering healing and wholeness by owning our most difficult stories together.

The Rising Skills® Dialogue will be co-facilitated by Cheryl Cofield and Pearl Alexander, Certified Daring
Way Facilitators®, storytellers, attorneys, and leaders in social justice and inclusion at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Payment arrangements and scholarships are available, please email for details

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Producers and Organizers (PRO) Pre-Summit Workshop
Getting to Know You: Partnerships and Sponsorships


The Producers & Organizers SIG is offering a “two-for-one” special at this year’s pre-Summit workshop. In the first half, our own Ellen Munds, Executive Director of Storytelling Arts of Indiana will share lessons and best practices for Partnerships and Sponsorships. In the second half, we’re bringing back a continuation of last year’s Open Space Topics confident that we are the ones we need to answer each other’s pressing Producer questions. As always, continental breakfast will be served.

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Storytelling in Higher Education (SHE) Workshop
Storytelling and Social Justice in Higher Education


Dr. Brian Sturm from the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science will present on a course he taught about storytelling and social justice. Nicolette van der Lee of University of Hawaii Maui College and the team of StoryTelling Ambassadors with the SkillsCommons StoryTelling Network will present on stories of resilience at community colleges.