2016 Conference OVERVIEW


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Charles Temple

Our Keynote Speaker,
Charlie Temple, Ph.D.,

knows that storytelling is a strategy that works in developing language and literacy competency, in building community in diverse classrooms, and in bridging cultures across the globe. His message and methods are incredible. They have been adopted by UNESCO.  Charlie has created literature for children in Central Europe, the Caucasus, and West and East Africa. He works with progressive educators around the world to promote active learning, critical thinking, cooperation, and peace-building. He has done a workshop at the Texas Storytelling Festival on using storytelling in conflict transformation/resolution.  He is a Professor and Chair of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Board of Directors for Critical Thinking International, Inc. 


He is new to many, but we have been fortunate to have him as a workshop presenter at previous gatherings of the Tejas Storytelling Association, and we want more! He is a storyteller, folk musician, and some-time children’s author. He tells stories and leads workshops on storytelling and critical thinking around North and South America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Africa. He has presented at the National Storytelling Network. Lately, he has been working with storytellers in post-conflict countries in Africa, publishing peaceful books for children. All that and a happy, guitar playing, singing storyteller, too! www.hws.edu/academics/education/facultyProfile.aspx?facultyID=319





Group Dinner: For attendees arriving on Thursday


8:15 – 9:00 am


9:00  – 9:15 am

Welcome and Orientation  

Workshop Session I 9:30 – 10:45 am

Elizabeth Beamon Capture Your Audience With Puppetry!

Esther Malone
Storytelling 101: Let Your Story Breathe

Darlene Dufour
Tell a Story, Mend a Heart


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

TSA: Bridging to the Future — President Larry Thompson & TSA Board

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch on your own

Workshop Session II
2:00  –  3:15 pm

Janet Latham
Bringing People Together Through Percussion

Lorene Stilwell
Calling the Ancestors: Exploring Heritage Through Folklore

MaryAnn Blue
For a Good Emcee, Brevity is the Soul of Wit

Workshop Session III
3:30 – 4:45 pm

Charlie Temple
What Comes After the Story?


Fran Stallings
Care>Dare: Storytelling for a Green Tomorrow

Valerie Kimble
Grants 101

5:00 – 6:45 pm

Dinner on your own

7:00 – 9:45 pm

Evening Concert of Tellers
MaryAnn Blue, Emcee

Late Night Delight
10:00 pm

Fringe Concert:

Rev. George Klett
Stories from the Parish You Won’t Hear from the Pulpit.

Fringe Concert:

Shayne Larango
Smell The Roux!

Story Swaps



8:15 – 9:00 am


Keynote Address
9:00 -10:15 am

Charles Temple, Ph.D. (“Charlie”)
Bridging Our Differences, Embracing Our Diversity

Workshop Session I
10:30 - 11:45 am

Charlie Temple
What Comes After the Story?

Corrinne Stavish
Maiking Midrashim: Retelling Biblical Stories

Donna Ingham
Start With the Truth - Then Stretch it

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch on your own

Workshop Session III
2:00  –  3:15 pm

Sean Buvala
The Five Keys to Energize Your Marketing

Laura Packer
Telling Fairy Tales in Modern Times

Nancy Self
Storytelling Techniques Used in K-5 Classrooms for Celebrating Our Differences

Workshop Session IV
3:30 – 4:45 pm

Showcase: Born Deaf, Living Out Loud

Danielle Belone
Old Boats, New Waters

Sue Kuentz
Windows & Mirrors: Broadening Students’ Views

5:00 – 6:45 pm

Uncle Dan’s BBQ Dinner and Salad Bar on the Patio

7:00 – 9:45 pm

Evening Concert of Tellers
Valerie Kimble, Emcee

Late Night Delight
10:00 pm


Fringe Concert:
Carolina Quiroga-Stultz
Curanderiando: Tales of Some Magic Healing

Fringe Concert:
Gary Whitaker
The Civil War Veteran

Story Swaps



9:00 to 10:30 am

Sacred Tales Concert - FREE!

Emcee: Mel Davenport