Interactive Storytelling_Puppetry PD


Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Attendees can participate in an optional/free post-session “Study Hall” from 1:30-2:30pm. Post-session attendees will receive 1-to-1 coaching and guidance to further practice and apply skills from the PD session.


CUNY Creative Arts Team 
101 West 31st Street
6th Floor
(875 Avenue of the Americas displayed on building)
New York, NY 10001

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Courtney McClellan 
Creative Arts Team - The City University of New York 
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Interactive Storytelling & Critical Thinking, Level 2

Combining storytelling and participant-centered practice to build literacy skills, support engagement, and encourage creative and critical thinking skills

4-Hour Professional Development Session: 
Earn a CUNY Certificate of Completion and CTLE Credit for Professional and Le
vel III Teaching Assistant certificate holders. 

During this workshop, part icipants will dive deeper into interactive techniques and storytelling skills from Level 1 (pre-requisite NOT required to attend Level 2). Attendees will practice intentional gesture, vocal variation, open-ended questioning, and reincorporation of students’ responses. Session will demonstrate how interactive storytelling can be a creative and educational process for teachers and students, alike. Participants will reflect on what they have led, give and receive constructive criticism, and discuss further application.

What can I expect to gain from this workshop?
  • Interactive techniques that encourage whole group participation, build student confidence, and spark collective engagement
  • Practice with scaffolding open-ended questions to build students’ higher-order literacy skills including problem solving and critical thinking
  • Ways to effectively utilize intentional gesture and vocal variation with multi-lingual and special needs students

Who should attend? Educators and early childhood practitioners interested in alternative outlets for creatively engaging a diverse classroom through literacy.

  • It is recommended, but not required, that attendees complete the Level 1 Interactive Storytelling Workshop, prior to attending Level 2.

Led by Helen Wheelock, Director of the Early Learning Program. Light refreshments provided.


What our participants are saying about Professional Development sessions at CAT:

“An “aha moment” for me was: Don’t be scared to say yes to student’s answers. Don’t ask a question you don’t want the answer to. Including different open-ended questions within the storytelling.” (2018 Participant)

“Physicalizing is important in a special needs setting. Reading in this fashion will add to the comprehension and enjoyment of the book.” (Teacher’s Assistant, “Interactive Storytelling & the English Language Learner”)



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