∞ Know Your Context & Claim Your Story ∞

Professional Learning & Authentic Leadership

For School Leaders & Teachers

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How My Story Craft Can Benefit You

As an Education Integrator, I join with others who believe in the inherent greatness of every child, and help school leaders, teachers, and families tune in so we can pull together with greater intention and integrity toward equitable, holistic education. Stories are a tool in my toolbox to authentically shift narratives and claim wellbeing.

  • I accompany schools to shape their story to genuinely reflect the people, strengths, challenges, and hopes within. This opens the way to celebrate, dialogue, process, build stronger relationships, and modify with integrity.

  • I partner with schools to purposefully, concretely embed their community story into their physical spaces. Together, we can enliven the environment to integrally contribute to warm welcome and rich learning.

Contextually relevant stories and environs can foster powerful bonds and sense of belonging.

As Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suggests, physiological, safety, and sense of belonging support positive esteem and achieving one’s full, creative potential. I can help make that happen!

My Background in Story Craft

Oral stories are a long-standing tradition in my family. I was one of the kids who listened closely and often asked for repeats. I still do. While writing is a go-to expressive language for me, I think there is something vital in the spoken story.

First and foremost, listening is as important as talking. Also, the rhythm, cadence, plot twist, climax, and ending are driven by the gathering of people. Though the storyline might be known, the group dynamic creates a unique experience of the telling. If the wind slams a door, or the fire casts a mysterious shadow, that influences the story. If one telling is particularly memorable, it will weave its way into later tellings.

Story Craft is an improv that simultaneously lifts us into imagination, anchors us into belonging, and calls us to reflect on possibility. It is a natural, nurtured part of my professionalism. It is innate for me to approach the sharing of knowledge as a chance to co-create.

Wert Knowing ∞ Created by Jodi Wert ∞ March 2019