SLC’s Classroom Storytelling program is inspired by Vivian Paley’s storytelling and story acting work. The project combines early literacy research and classroom practice with mentoring and seminar discussions in a yearlong training program where:
- Teachers will implement strategies that help young children extend their vocabularies, develop print awareness, cultivate oral expression and develop an understanding of narrative form through dictation and dramatization of their own stories.
- Teachers will address the role of language acquisition and the cultural dynamics of teacher-student relationships as critical factors for children learning to read and write.
- Teachers will create classrooms that inspire children to read and write through storytelling and other research-based early literacy activities.
Classroom Storytelling training includes in-depth monthly seminars and personalized support from an experienced mentor teacher. Mentors will visit teachers’ classrooms and share best practices for implementing new early literacy methods.
SLC requires completion of an application and interview for inclusion in this program.
A sampling of seminar topics:
- The power of read aloud
- Oral language development
- Storytelling and story-acting
- The critical importance of play
- Early literacy environment: From theory to practice
- Early literacy environment: The teacher’s role
- Culture and community
- The literate classroom: Putting it all together
Ready to apply?
Applications Open: Monday, February 4, 2019
Application Deadline: Monday, March 18, 2019
Application Requirements: Recommendation letters from an administrator and from a peer as well as a current resume.
Rice University believes in the importance of developing teacher leaders. Classroom Storytelling offers a limited number of merit based partial fellowships to highly qualified prospective students. Fellowship opportunities can be discussed during the interview stage of the application process.
Thank you for your interest in this program. Unfortunately, this offering is either full or not currently accepting registrations.
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