Educating Through The Power of Storytelling
This yearlong professional development program combines in-depth monthly seminars with personalized support from an experienced mentor teacher. Through this process, 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. It is designed for early childhood teachers whose goal is to create classrooms that inspire children to read and write through storytelling and other research based early literacy activities.
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
The Rice Experience
Why should you choose Rice's Classroom Storytelling?
A LONG HISTORY. A BRIGHT FUTURE.
Rice University has a rich history of bringing great minds together in service to society, with a 55-year history in the education field. School districts all over Texas trust and hire Rice graduates as valued members of their campuses.
FLEXIBLE AND ACHIEVABLE.
As educators, we understand that your time is at a premium. Classroom Storytelling consists of monthly seminars, mentored learning, and independent study and is supported by online learning. Our program maximizes your time investment and offers the flexibility to help ensure your success.
LOCALLY GROWN. GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED.
Rice is known across the world as a top-quality university. We’ve earned that stellar reputation by drawing on our strengths: A location in one of the best cities in America and a student base of diverse, exceptional individuals.
- Plan of Study
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 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 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 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.
This program a pre-requisite to participating in the Early Literacy Leadership Academy.
March 4, 2025
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- Tuition & Scholarships
Tuition is typically covered through campus-or district-based state or national funding, PTO support, participant payment, or individual donations. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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 once an applicant is accepted into the program.
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