Bridging Gaps Through the Power of Story

Educator Institutes

Bridging Gaps Through the Power of Story

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) has developed a progressive strategy which transforms education through the humanities. Founded on the premise that underlying the achievement gap is a relationship gap, MHC uses the power of story to guide educators and their colleagues, students, and families to learn from one another. Educator Institutes demonstrate how relationships and community engagement are critical to closing gaps in achievement. This proven method engages young people in learning, deepens relationships, and engages the community as a critical partner.

Definitions

  • Absent Narratives: the stories, narratives, and/or histories that have been—either consciously or unconsciously—marginalized, overshadowed, or excluded from the dominant and/or predominant culture(s)
  • Story Circles: process of gathering in circle to learn from and with each other by listening to and sharing authentic stories

Expectations

  • Participants are expected to attend the entirety of the Institute.
  • Participants should be prepared to share personal stories and experiences, listen to fellow participants with respect and empathy, and understand that discomfort is an integral part of the learning and growing process.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the significance place has in shaping our experiences and relationships both in and out of schools.
  • Strengthen connections with students, colleagues, and school community through Story Circle practices.
  • Broaden worldview on how culture, race, language, and historical narratives impact student identity and their learning journey.
  • Create an inclusive and equitable student learning experience by Identifying new ways to embed Absent Narratives in program and curriculum design.

2021 Educator Institutes

ONLINE – Story Circles: Activating Cultural Change in Systems

ONLINE – Story Circles: Activating Cultural Change in Systems

Learn the rich cultural traditions of storytelling and story sharing during this three-day immersive Institute facilitated by Rose McGee.

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Transforming Education Through Absent Narratives

Transforming Education Through Absent Narratives

Deepen your understanding of the significance of place, build cultural awareness and broaden worldviews, build relationships through Story Circles, and identify new ways to use Absent Narratives.

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