Students are StoryStrong

Students are StoryStrong

I love this video. When we developed the StoryStrong initiative, we wanted the input of students. We held a number of sessions and issued online input forms so that we may have student input to best advance our initiative. After a half day of professional development for two high school students, they wanted to be part of the “face” of StoryStrong. This video is the first thing that Howard County teachers and students see when […]

Students as Impressive as Their Stories

Students as Impressive as Their Stories

Today, my StoryStrong colleagues and I had the opportunity to visit one of our pilot high schools and watch students complete their projects by presenting their personal narratives to an audience of their peers. When we began this project I had a vision in my mind of the stories that would be developed by students but admittedly I had no idea if their efforts would match my vision. I was thoroughly impressed with the efforts […]

Personal Connections are Universal

Personal Connections are Universal

I’m not a teacher. Never have been. My mother and wife were teachers so I have a deep appreciation for what they do. I have, however, stepped foot into many classrooms during my 17 years in the Howard County Public School System. Today, for the first time, I realized that I have a lot in common with teachers. The very best aspects of my job are those in which I have opportunities to engage with […]

Connecting Personally with Students

Connecting Personally with Students

Today, the StoryStrong team had our first opportunity to reflect and debrief with one of our pilot teachers. The teacher recently completed the StoryStrong curriculum with his 9th grade Gifted and Talented English class. The purpose of our debrief was to learn from him how the curriculum could be modified or tweaked to improve its implementation and effectiveness. The teacher provided terrific insights – many of them easy adjustments that can be made immediately. Ultimately, […]