OPS — Story Circles

Storyteller, educator, and facilitator, Rose McGee guides you through this ancient process that provides a comfortable, welcoming setting for educators to share experiences, learn from one another, and build relationships. Without barriers, people of any ethnicity, age, gender, or religion can effectively use Story Circles to encourage one another, share what matters to them, and seek friendly input.

You and your colleagues will explore techniques for leading and participating in effective Story Circles, such as when to use a “talking piece,” and how to implement a “reflective” learning exercise that follows each story circle. Circles also present opportunities to reinforce professional development strategies, share your struggles, and solve issues in a supportive group setting. Educators report that sharing in this way can be a very effective communication tool, leading to stronger classrooms, schools, and communities.

“I was very hesitant when I saw the chairs in a circle but, afterward felt that it was a great opportunity for our staff to bond. We needed it! It felt like we became more of a family. We gained deeper understanding of where others are coming from greater appreciation for our diverse backgrounds. I would like to It again!”
— Participant

Story Circles

Dates: Thursdays, September 21, October 12, November 30, and December 21
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Josyln Art Museum and Metropolitan Community College
Stipend: $200, includes parking and dinner