Advocacy and agency: Building your storytelling skills

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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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