Lesson series

Start with Story(telling)

2-hour course

We are known by the stories we tell. We are neurobiologically hard-wired for story. We connect through story... so let’s tell ours. Let’s also create time and space for the students to tell theirs, too. In this course, Renee and Antonio offer a “go-at-your-own-pace” professional learning opportunity in three parts. 
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This course is for you if:

  • Thinking about ways to connect and build classroom community.
  • Looking for strategies to teach student writers how to initiate writing.
  • Supporting students in their language development.
  • Designing curriculum for emotional intelligence, soft skills, and growth mindset awareness. 
  • Creating through lines of learning across grades and curriculum for your entire school community.
  • Ready to have fun! 


Meet the instructor

Antonio Sacre


Antonio Sacre tells stories.

His tales of growing up bilingually in a Cuban and Irish-American household have inspired children worldwide to gather their own family stories and become storytellers themselves. His stories have been published in award-winning books and audio recordings. His Professional Developments and Keynote addresses have helped educators teach writing to students from pre-Kindergarten through graduate school. Now his stories are being developed for film and television.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and two cats. Yes, he's a cat guy.

Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor

Renee Houser

Renee Houser is an international literacy consultant and co-author of the What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow series of teacher resource books. Previously, Renee taught in the New York City public school system, worked as a staff developer at the Reading and Writing Project and as an adjunct professor at Teacher’s College (both at Columbia University) and co-founded Growing Educators, a literacy consulting company in Los Angeles, CA. Now living in North Carolina, Renee has started a new literacy consulting practice, Read.Write.Think. and recently launched a new project, the Teacher’s Toolkit for Independent Reading in collaboration with long time friend and colleague, Gravity Goldberg. She holds master’s degrees from both Old Dominion University and Fordham University.

Patrick Jones - Course author
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