Professional Development for Teachers and Tellers


Why is storytelling so vital and important to education?
"One hundred thousand years of human reliance on story has evolutionarily wired the human brain to be predisposed to think in story terms and to use story structure to create meaning and to make sense of events and others' actions. Cells that fire together wire together. The more a child (or adult) engages their story neural net to interpret incoming sensory input, the more likely they are to do it in the future. This evolutionary predisposition is reinforced by the dominant use of story throughout childhood. Children hear stories, see stories, have stories read to them, and read stories themselves. This dominance of story exposure through key years of brain plasticity results in adults irrevocably hardwired to think in story terms."

--Kendall Haven, Story Proof


What the Teachers Say


"Jane’s storytelling residency was a tremendous addition to our literacy curriculum. Not only were the students actively engaged by her eloquent and dramatic storytelling, they also enjoyed using her creative (and often silly) techniques to enhance their own storytelling ability. Jane’s excellent classroom management skills created the perfect environment for children to take risks with their storytelling; it also meant that the teachers were able to enjoy the process along with the students. Jane included a focus on cultural integration by carefully selecting stories derived from a variety of countries and cultures. The students enjoyed discussing the way those factors impact the stories in different ways. She also worked tirelessly with the teachers to adapt her curriculum to meet students’ needs using a variety of resources and strategies, such as storyboards and leveled texts. We especially appreciate the fact that it allowed our students to practice and reflect on their oral speaking skills. 

Thanks for everything, Jane!"
Fourth Grade Teachers – Washington School, Evanston, IL


Teachers and Tellers Together

Each group has so much to offer children…and each group educates differently. JUST THINK! What might happen if teachers and storytellers worked together for the benefit of children!  The goal is children learning to think and developing literacy skills for today's world.


Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom

Referencing my book, this workshop speaks to different types of literacy: Reading and writing, speaking and listening, visual literacy, media literacy -  and how it can be supported with storytelling. Examples are practical and doable.


Playing With and Assessing Narrative Structure through Storytelling

A perfect professional development opportunity for teachers and storytellers.  It includes STORYBOX activities, storytelling games that promote story understanding, and using a storyboard to tell and write stories.


FUNdamental to Learning, the Arts and Literacy: That's STORYTELLING!

Storytelling is fundamental to every art form-books, visual art, dance, photography, drama, music. This workshop is about those fundamentals and their relationship to storytelling: 1. literacy – narrative structure – learning with puppets, and 2. art – gathering and using visual information while embodying your story's characters- learning with the storybox.




Fees Are Negotiable

Contact Jane at 847-751-0523 or email Contact *