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Story Preservation Initiative

Story Preservation Initiative’s Learning Lab brings its audio recordings of those of high achievement in the arts, sciences, and humanities together with related project-based lesson plans for use in 4-12 classrooms. Teachers use the recordings to bring students into personal contact with the first-person stories of extraordinary people who talk about not only what they have accomplished but also how and why. This direct contact seizes students’ imaginations and propels them into areas of substantive content.We supplement the recordings with audiovisual materials, photos and graphics, original documents, hyperlinks to related sites, and other resources that lead students deeper into subject areas. We guide teachers in structuring these explorations by supplying open-ended prompts, helping teachers develop their own projects, as well as by making available detailed project-based lesson plans created by experienced educators. Story engages the students; project-based experiences deepen the learning.