NCTE 2014

Tools to Build a Culture of Writing Through Story

Session G.07

Story is a powerful bridge that can be used to unite disciplines in a school. Presenters will discuss how to spread love of story and teach stronger storytelling skills to parents, teachers, and students using a variety of tools, including digital stories, poetry, community gatherings, and blogging.

Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 9:30-10:45am

201 Waterfront St

National Harbor, MD

Gaylord National Resort, Chesapeake J/K/L

Panel Topics

  • Anna Gratz Cockerille: Going Digital: The Ancient Art of Storytelling in the 21st Century

  • Betsy Hubbard: Poetry: Finding Hidden Stories

  • Dana Murphy: Sharing our Stories: Hosting Family Writing Nights

  • Stacey Shubitz: Cultivating a Reflective Practice and Building Community Through Teacher Blogging

  • Tara Smith: Creating Classroom Communities Through Student Blogs

About the Presenters


  • Anna Gratz Cockerille is an educational consultant, literacy coach, and writer based in New York City.
  • Betsy Hubbard is a K/1 looping teacher in Olivet, Michigan.
  • Dana Murphy is a Literacy Coach in Midlothian School District 143, located in the south suburbs of Chicago.
  • Stacey Shubitz is a literacy consultant and writer based in Central Pennsylvania.
  • Tara Smith is a sixth grade language arts, writing workshop and social studies teacher in suburban New Jersey.



The presenters are co-authors, along with Beth Moore, of the Two Writing Teachers blog.