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Indigenous Youth Use Storytelling to Empower Others to Find their Voice

Storytelling is a universal connector that transcends time and distance. It is the basis of culture—providing insight to where traditions, ceremonies, and rituals began. And it allows people to connect with the history of their heritage, to understand who they are and where they came from. Indigenous youth rely on storytelling to foster connection with their ancestors and carry on the legacy of their people … Continue reading Indigenous Youth Use Storytelling to Empower Others to Find their Voice

“We All Can Be Storytellers” — How One Teacher Uses Storytelling to Improve Equity and Access

This post was written by Dr. Yajaira Fuentes-Tauber. A few years ago, I started to become interested in photography, and that year for Christmas, my father-in-law gave me the National Geographic Photo Ark book. Around the same time, our local children’s museum happened to have an exhibition on the Photo Ark. Looking at the photos of the species at risk, I realized that my 1-year-old … Continue reading “We All Can Be Storytellers” — How One Teacher Uses Storytelling to Improve Equity and Access

Storytelling Is Essential in the Fight for Social Justice

This post was written by 2020 Young Explorer Zoë Jenkins. In middle school, I was placed into the gifted program. To me, it seemed like administrators put the gifted students into some of the lowest-performing schools in the district. The kids in the gifted program tended to be bussed in from the other side of town, and I felt like we were unfairly placed on … Continue reading Storytelling Is Essential in the Fight for Social Justice

Illuminating Instruction: Combining Service-Learning and Storytelling into a National Geographic Elective

This post was written by educator Jaclyn Foster. Last year, I started an after-school club to work on the National Geographic GeoChallenge and service-learning projects. It was all student-driven; we had a camera spot on Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants that talked about plastic pollution in the oceans and the impact it was having on marine life. This sparked an interest in my … Continue reading Illuminating Instruction: Combining Service-Learning and Storytelling into a National Geographic Elective