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Blogging roundtable discussion: The power of story

What's your story? 

How do stories impact our work within and beyond the classroom? How might educators, stakeholders, and advocates leverage the power of story to shift the public education narrative?

During the months of July and August, members of the CTQ Collaboratory will explore the power of story.

In her blog post kicking off the roundtable discussion, Ann Byrd, NBCT, COO and Partner of the Center for Teaching Quality, explains why stories matter and how many stories of teaching and learning go untold. In her words, we hold onto stories grounded in our own experiences as a student, “And that holding on is the biggest challenge educators face in telling compelling stories of impact...We face an audience of former students that must revise their own stories to hear ours. An audience that must be open to un-learning what they ‘think’ teaching is like, and to understanding what goes on beyond what they observed, experienced, and selectively remember.”

Ann will be leading the roundtable discussion in collaboration with Jessica Keigan, a high school English teacher, edublogger, and CTQ teacherpreneur who teaches at Horizon High School in Thornton, Colorado.

Please share your thoughts and experiences by commenting on these blog posts, joining the conversation in the CTQ Collaboratory, and inviting people to join the discussion on social media with #powerofstory. 

On August 31, CTQ (@teachingquality) and the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning (@lastingercenter) teamed up with roundtable contributors for a Twitter chat exploring how educators can spark leadership and advocate for public education through sharing their powerful stories. The #powerofstory Twitter chat has been captured below using Storify.