Advocacy and agency: Building your storytelling skills

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Jan 16 webinar thumbnail Have you ever had a great idea or a critical need and no one seems to be listening? You are not alone, but you do have the power to change your influence. Every educator needs to have strong storytelling in their repertoire. Whether it is advocating for one of your students or winning a grant from the PTA or even convincing a decision-maker to make decisions that are necessary for your success, with some new tools and strategies and a little bit of practice, you can increase your impact through effective storytelling.   Participants of this webinar will: Share tips and strategies for effective storytelling; Discuss the power of data in changing hearts and minds; and Learn from colleagues about storytelling strategies that have worked.

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Suzanne Bouffard is senior vice president of communications and publications at Learning Forward. She is the editor of The Learning Professional, Learning Forward’s flagship publication. She also contributes to the Learning Forward blog and webinars. With a background in child development, she has a passion for making research and best practices accessible to educators, policymakers, and families. She has written for many national publications including The New York Times and the Atlantic, and previously worked as a writer and researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Duke University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She loves working with authors to help them develop their ideas and voices for publication.

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Mary Beth Currie is a coordinator of special projects at the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association/Foundation for Educational Administration. She has worked in urban and suburban settings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, a principal, and an assistant superintendent, she recognized and promoted professional learning that supported the success of the students, the staff, and the district. Her public school was recognized as a Governor’s School of Excellence and was authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School.

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Ayesha Farag is the assistant superintendent for elementary education at Newton Public Schools in Newton, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2021. Having begun her career as a teacher and a school counselor over 25 years ago, Farag has also served as an elementary assistant principal and a building principal at the elementary and middle school levels prior to working as a district leader.

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Tina Lupton is the executive director of professional learning for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Lupton has served 18 years in education. In those 18 years, she has supported the areas of mathematics, MTSS, testing & accountability, professional learning, and teacher preparation/advancement. Lupton has published several articles in the area of mathematics.

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