We invite you to join us each semester at our events that feature a speaker who shares a unique perspective on using stories in learning, typically held in room 220 of Teacher Education Building (TEB) on the UW-campus, unless noted otherwise.

September: Go Big Read Book Discussion

posted Sep 13, 2012, 1:09 PM by Melanie McCullough   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 6:18 AM by Catherine Stephens ]

September 25, 11-12pm , Room 220, Teacher Education Building 
We kick off the new year by offering a book group discussion of the "Go Big Read" book RADIOACTIVE Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, by Lauren Redness.

This visual book depicts the Curies discovery of radioactive power. Through her writing, Redniss, captures the complexity of the intersections between science, history, and biography.  The images of the book were developed using a technique called "Cyanotype."

If you need access to the book, contact and be sure to mention in the subject line that you are a participant in the Shared Learning Stories discussion.

We hope you can join us on September 25 from 11 - 12 pm, in Room 220 Teacher Education for a lively book group discussion.

October: Wisconsin Weather Stories

posted Sep 13, 2012, 12:48 PM by Melanie McCullough   [ updated Oct 2, 2012, 6:31 AM by Catherine Stephens ]

October 31st from Noon - 1 pm, room 220 Teacher Education
This October, we will welcome UW Madison Professor Steve Ackerman and Anne Pryor, Folk and Traditional Arts Specialist with the Wisconsin Arts Board. Steve and Anne will share an overview of "Wisconsin Weather Stories" and lead a group discussion.  Come share stories focused on Wisconsin weather tales, and learn more about this innovative teacher resource.

Wisconsin Weather Stories partners include:   UW-Madison's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, Folklore Program, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. 

April: John Francis - Planetwalker

posted Feb 17, 2012, 7:39 AM by John Martin   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:43 AM ]

April 20, 12-1, Room 220, Teacher Education Building 

Special guest, visiting associate professor John Francis shares a story about transformation, how we connect with each other and the world around us. Come ready to think about your own journey and how we can walk lightly upon the earth.    

Feb: Chris Blakesley - Narrative and Games & Community Event

posted Jan 12, 2012, 9:12 AM by John Martin   [ updated Feb 20, 2012, 8:47 AM by David McHugh ]

Chris Blakesley
February 17th, 12-1:30, room 220 TEB

Guest speaker:  "How designers use and think about narrative while designing an educational video games."   Chris Blakesley

1. Chris Blakesley's dissertation research  explores engaged learning through narrative and video games.  He will share findings of his study: "How designers use and think about narrative while designing an educational game.

2. "Sharing Through Stories" Community Event - with a call out to interested grads, Faculty, Staff, the Community to come and reflect on where we've been, shape and lead the group going forward.

Roles include: Participant / Leader / suggest speakers / host speakers / share stories

Notes from community discussion on Chapter Two of "Learning Through Story"

Suggestions about new web site:

1) The information seems diffuse at the home page.   How about organizing Forums around Topics?

2) Archives to past sessions are there -- be can we link / tag topics?

3) Think about site mirroring.

4) What are other Resources to post on the site ?    If a resource does not do RSS feed, let's post it as a Resource.

5) Send your email if you would like to post comments / content on the site.

Suggestions for where group can head next:

1) We are doing a good job of sharing the program with campus.

2) Ideas to further connect with the area community:  
      for non-profit groups, storytelling is a key part of communication / marketing 

      the role of story-telling is key with community leadership.  

      it would be great to add the site to "".

      Reaching out in multiple ways.  Facebook, Lists, f2f.    

      Keep sharing program with area community centers, curriculum development staff, teachers, students

3) At each session, be sure to ask the audience to think about "how can I apply this in my teaching, researcher, work ?"    

Suggested speakers and new members:

Bob Kahn - storyteller in the community - as a presenter or organizing member.

Mar: Finn Ryan - Stories of Climate Change

posted Jan 12, 2012, 8:51 AM by Catherine Stephens   [ updated Feb 20, 2012, 8:52 AM by David McHugh ]

Climate Change in WI
March 23, 12-1:00 pm, room 220 TEB 

From warming trout streams to decreasing ice cover, lower lake levels to extreme heat, Climate Wisconsin tells stories of our rapidly changing climate.  The collection of multimedia includes ten videos and two interactive resources along with background essays and teaching tips.  Climate Wisconsin connects stories of personal observation and experience to current climate change research. Through this connection, climate change education  becomes relevant within local contexts.  In this talk, producer Finn Ryan will explore why stories are important to climate change education and how they became the foundation of the Climate Wisconsin project.

Guest speaker: Ryan Finn - Climate Wisconsin -

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