Monica Gustafson Educational Speaker from Phoenix, AZ

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Monica Gustafson is a Speech Language Pathologist with over 40 years of experience working in schools. She is the author of more than 20 programs and games in the field. In addition to her Speech Language Pathology work she has a passion for storytelling and it's use to develop the Language Arts Skills across the grades.

This presentation will introduce the participants to the time-honoured tradition of storytelling and link it to the core curriculum standards targeting the development of oral language and language arts skills in young children. Pesola (1991) suggests that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools for surrounding the young learner with language. This is consistent with the results of numerous empirical studies that have found positive gains in oral language, both in terms of comprehension and complexity, following targeted experiences with storytelling (e.g., Delano, 1977, Peck, 1989, Isbell et al., 2004). Consequently, storytelling is both a practical and powerful teaching tool that has the potential to impact all students, not just those on the SLP caseload. The stories and learning experiences we can expose children to through storytelling use the wisdom and wit of the ages to move students towards becoming stronger oral communicators.

In this presentation the participants will be introduced to a framework for providing storytelling to individual or small group settings as well as to large multi-grade classroom groups.
Through storytelling educators can facilitate enrichment in the six areas of language and language arts: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Viewing, and Representing, providing positive impact to students and assisting all student to meet the core curriculum standards. Interprofessional practice with teachers across the grades on follow-up extends the stories into the classroom, maximizing the benefits to oral language from the storytelling experience.

Through storytelling we can: introduce rich vocabulary in context to promote comprehension and integration of new terms; demonstrate emotional characteristics and feelings to help children respond appropriately in social situations; assist children in problem solving through visualization and self-talk; illustrate how extra-linguistic components, such as body language, intonation, and facial expressions contribute to communication; introduce children to other cultures and traditions; reinforce an understanding and sense of “story” to support development of children's writing and reading skills; develop and enhance listening skills in a positive environment; encourage children to create a representation of a story through art or extended writing. All of these target areas are integral components of the Core Curriculum Standards of the Language Arts Domain .


Learner Outcome 1: Identify the Common Core Language Arts Standards that can be targeted using storytelling
Learner Outcome 2: Develop a collaborative framework with professionals across grade levels to use storytelling to achieve the goals of Common Core Standards
Learner Outcome 3: Access sources for suitable stories and storytelling ideas on the internet
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Please note Monica Gustafson will also travel to Glendale, Tempe, Peoria, Chandler, Sun City, Laveen, Mesa, Scottsdale, Cashion, Paradise Valley, Gilbert, Sun Lakes, Tolleson, Avondale, Higley, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Youngtown, El Mirage, Fountain Hill, Sun City West, Queen Creek, Sacaton, Surprise, Maricopa, Fort Mcdowell, Apache Junction, Waddell, Carefree, Wickenburg.
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