Increasing Student Engagement through Storytelling

August 14-16 | 9:00am-3:000pm Daily | Boston, MA

Improving student engagement is a top priority for schools–but how?

Turns out there’s a tried and true method for attracting student engagement that most educators know about — telling great stories. In this course, we will learn how to apply the method systematically to create more effective learning communities.

We believe:

Whether gathered around the campfire or watching TikToks on our phones, reading novels or comic books, human beings are drawn to stories. In fact, neuroscientists tell us our brains are wired for communication through stories. Telling stories —and listening to stories — is how human beings collaborate and create meaning!


This new workshop, a collaboration between Explo and Rabbit Hole Storytelling, will teach educators how to:

  • Understand story as a technique that can be applied to learning at any age.
  • Frame curriculum, assessment, and instruction by crafting stories that draw students in at every stage of the learning process.
  • Create with students a “learning story” for the classroom that will give them a sense of belonging and purpose.
  • Improve student learning by teaching storytelling techniques that build retrieval and analysis skills.
  • Help students engage their natural storytelling brains to report on their learning, improving assessment.
  • Use shared storytelling as a means of goal-setting with colleagues and leadership.

With applied learning from the teacher, students will be able to:

  • Tell better stories that deepen and reveal their learning.
  • Use metaphor, point of view, and story structure to talk about any subject, including STEM.
  • Reflect more deeply on learning and make connections between subjects and disciplines.
  • Feel a sense of belonging through the creation of a “learning story” for self and classroom.


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