What’s the Story? Using Narrative Structure to Teach Communication and Leadership in the Digital Age

The Warren County Speech Language and Hearing Association presents:

What’s the Story? Using Narrative Structure to Teach Communication and Leadership in the Digital Age

Presented by: Stacey Crowley

May 21, 2018

  Quality Inn 1925 Route 57
Hackettstown, N.J. 07840

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Sponsored by
Warren County Speech Language Hearing Association (NJDOE Provider #965)
5.0 contact hours of continuing education units towards the NJ state license for speech language pathology. This workshop is not ASHA approved but CEUs are accepted by ASHA as described on their website.

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About the Conference:

Workshop Description

Cognitive scientists tell us that most of our human experience is organized as story, yet children with language-based learning differences often struggle with story grammar. The proven role of narrative development in a student’s overall academic achievement provides a compelling argument for speech language pathologists to incorporate narrative language goals into their treatment plans, as explicit instruction of narrative macrostructure simultaneously targets speaking and listening as well as grade-specific reading and writing targets outlined in the Common Core State Standards. Furthermore, the key elements of narrative provide therapeutic material for developing students’ critical thinking and social emotional skills.

The Peacemakers SHARE storytelling routine harnesses the power of story to support academic performance and build the neural pathways for emotional well-being and interpersonal communication, the very life skills that will empower children to build healthy relationships with themselves and others for effective collaboration and conflict resolution.

Human brains are wired for language, but communication is a life skill learned and preserved through repeated face-to-face practice. This workshop provides speech language pathologists and educators with the research, knowledge and tools to confidently teach our next generation of leaders the life skills they need to survive and thrive in our global community. Leadership is, above all else, the ability to skillfully communicate and collaborate with diverse populations to resolve the unique problems facing humanity in the 21st Century.

About Our Speaker

Stacey Crowley, owner of Learning Tree Literacy and founder of the Peacemakers SHARE movement, is licensed as both a Speech Language Pathologist and a Reading Specialist. She holds a Master’s degree in Reading Literacy and has advanced training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to multisensory structured language education. Ms. Crowley incorporates the latest neuroscience with compassionate communication and mindfulness techniques to offer social communication, language-literacy, and leadership instruction for learners of all ages.


8:30 Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Session 1 (15 minute break)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Session 2
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:00 WCSHLA Business Meeting
1:00- 3:00 Session 3

Learner Outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be better equipped to:

  1. Teach and preserve face-to-face and nonverbal communication skills in the Digital Age.
  2. Counsel adults and children about the impact technology has on brain functioning and interpersonal communication.
  3. Describe the role of story in shaping our human experience and the neurological organization of the brain related to critical thinking, emotional processing and human connection
  4. Design research-supported narrative lessons using authentic literature to improve listening comprehension and oral expression as foundations for reading comprehension, written expression and social problem solving.
  5. Empower our children and future leaders to skillfully collaborate for peaceful conflict resolution by building the neural pathways for self-awareness, emotional regulation, perspective-taking and empathy through personal storytelling and active listening.

 Who Should Attend? 

Speech-language specialists working with school-aged children, related professionals and educators


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