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.
Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Brooke Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Note: When completing your application, please be sure to list an email address and phone number where you can be reached over the summer.
Brooke earned her B.S. in interdisciplinary studies from University of Houston – Victoria. Brooke taught first grade for eight years at Katy ISD’s Jeanette Hayes Elementary where she was named New Teacher of the Year (2005), Hayes Teacher of the Year (2010), and Katy ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year (2010). While at Hayes, she also served as PTA faculty representative, Science Campus lead teacher, and student teacher cooperating teacher. At the district level, Brooke acted as orientation facilitator for new first grade teachers in Katy ISD. Brooke completed her residency with School Literacy and Culture during the 2008-2009 school year. She has since been involved with School Literacy and Culture as a mentor teacher and seminar presenter and currently serves the SLC staff as early literacy specialist.