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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Wednesday, July 20 • 10:20am - 11:25am
Stories the Matter, Stories that Move

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Using the Power of Storytelling to Foster Self-Directed Learners & Purposeful Journeys 

For nearly two decades, twin brothers and co-founders of Boston-based media/interactive development firm FableVision Peter H. Reynolds and Paul A. Reynolds have created and shared stories that have helped inspire learning, creativity, and courage to lead self-directed, meaningful life journeys. With books and films that have been celebrated around the globe, Peter landed the Association of American Publishers’ 2013 Visionary award for making such a "positive impact on the lives and endeavors of those throughout the learning resource community."

What makes the Reynolds' brand of storytelling so powerful? As American Psychologist Jerome Bruner (2002) explains, "metaphorically rich, morally instructive narratives teach us who we are and who we can become.” The brothers will share how the power of story can provide transformational change in students' (and teachers') lives - whether it is inspire self-directed learning (The North Star), courage needed for learning & self-expression (The Dot), resilience in the face of struggles (Ish), flexibility and growth mindset (Sky Color), embracing others with differences (The Blue Shoe, I’m Here), adaptive expertise, creativity and innovation (Going Places.) The brother’s talk will be interspersed with a sampling of their books and animated films, all of which can be brought into one's practice - often with enduring, life-changing results. 

Key to the Reynolds mission, they will also encourage every participant and their students to discover and capture their own stories - and share them using a host of powerful new tools for creative self-expression and publishing. And most importantly, the Peter and Paul will challenge everyone to “make your mark matter!” In a modern world where we create and broadcast media from home and school, or digitally fabricate anything from toys to guns with new 3D printers - positive scaffolding of these powerful new creation tools is essential. Attendees will be given the challenge to provide the learners in their care with guidance and encouragement to use their creativity and human potential to move the world to a better place.

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Paul Reynolds

Co-Founder, Executive Director, FableVision
Paul Reynolds, FableVision/Reynolds Center TLCReynolds helped found Boston-based FableVision, which partners with best-in-class organizations to develop original educational media & mobile games designed to move the world to a better place. As Co-Founder of nonprofit Reynolds Center... Read More →
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Peter Reynolds

FableVision Learning
Peter H. Reynolds (www.peterhreynolds.com ) is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision, (www.fablevision.com) an award-winning educational multimedia company co-located at the Boston Children's Museum.  Peter has conceived and designed media for a wide variety of media platforms for broadcasters, museums, publishers, and educational organizations, including Sesame Workshop, National Ac... Read More →

Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza