Compelling and engaging stories spark awareness, prompt engagement, and ignite true change.

While at the Center for Teaching Quality, we received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch a nation-wide initiative to tell the powerful stories of teachers.

I led the creation of a set of five comprehensive tools (below) to coach teachers through the storytelling process – from mapping their story arc to analyzing the impact of their stories.

I led dozens of workshops were centered on these tools – including in-person storytelling retreats, virtual webinars, and one-on-one coaching sessions in partnership with organizations like the National Education Association, Education Evolving, and Teacher2Teacher. An example of a slidedeck can be found here.

Several stories were developed in multimedia format, including the stories of Ohio teacher Tricia Ebner, with illustrations by Wendi Pillars, and Arkansas teacher Justin Minkel, which was told in video format. Other stories were told through blog posts in Education Week, Education Evolving, and on CTQ’s website.

The development of this story was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a larger storytelling initiative.

These tools have been adapted for different audiences in order to help individuals (like Jay Reinstein) and organizations (like Salty Cushions) develop their stories in order to raise awareness and spark change.