COVID-19 has revealed the deep inequities in our education system, as well as new ways to educate our youth. Countries across the globe are grappling with how to meet the changing needs of students, and educators play a vital role in those reforms. Storytelling has long been a means for revealing universal truths about the world, and there is a growing body of research that shows how the use of storytelling can impact decision-making. This paper explores how empowering educators to tell their stories supports their ability to identify areas for growth and considers the implications of using real-life stories as a call to action for creating more equitable, inclusive, and empowering spaces for our youth. While policymakers develop theories for revamping our system, the nuanced experiences of our educators can get lost. As we consider whole-scale structural reforms, therefore, we need to explore how any changes we make will impact individuals. Now is the time to empower our educators to tell their stories and to advance their ideas for education reform. Through a meta-analysis of research into storytelling, this paper argues that by empowering those impacted by our educational system to share their stories, we can advance ideas for real, impactful changes to how we educate our youth.
Megan Sweet, Your 3 Eyes, United States
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