SALSA Hosts 2nd National Learning Stories Conference Virtually

SALSA’s  second national learning stories event, a virtual conference, featured dozens of speakers and a keynote by Wendy Lee.  The theme of the conference, equity and diversity,   was supported with a number of breakout session on recognizing culture and sharing perspectives.

Thank you to all who joined us in discovering how learning stories, an authentic assessment tool, can shift our perspectives of our work as educators, how to document learning in a way that connects to families, and celebrates the value of storytelling.

 

What’s in a Name?

The SALSA Board of Directors would like to offer some background information on how we came by our name SALSA, which is an acronym for Supporting the Advancement of Learning Stories in America. The genesis of the name and the organization came during the 2017 Learning Stories Intensive Study and ELP Learning Stories Conference, when the founding members of SALSA were sitting around a big table in a lovely home on Lake Rotoiti in New Zealand. We were nearing the end of our amazing time there and discussing ways to keep up the momentum we had gained during the study and keep alive our growing love and respect for Learning Stories. We decided we needed to form an organization to promote Learning Stories in the United States and of course it would need a name. One of us suggested SALSA: Supporting the Advancement of Learning Stories in America and everyone supported the idea. Because we all came from California, we wanted to honor the state’s Latinx heritage and the deep respect we have for the culture of our community. We hope that the name will prompt discussions about us and our work. We also wanted to honor the fact that Learning Stories traveled across the great Pacific Ocean from Aotearoa New Zealand to the California shores and beyond, hence the graphic depiction of the ocean on our logo. We hope you will join us in supporting the Advancement of Learning Stories, wherever you are!

SALSA Board of Directors Formed

On November 1st, 2018, the Board of Directors formed and officers elected.

Board of Driectors- Regan Bynder, Dr. Christine Carducci, Isauro M. Escamilla, Jeannette Mulhern, Annette Muse, Lorena Ramos, Lindsey Shafer, Joyce Stone, Dr. Annie White.

Officers-Dr. Annie White, President; Isauro M. Escamilla, Vice President; Dr. Christine Carducci, Secretary; Lindsey Shafer, Treasurer.

2nd USA Learning Stories Intensive Study

Oct 2019- 2nd USA LS Intensive Study-  Dr. Annie White organized 10 participants from California, Texas, Michigan, Hawaii and Malaysia to study in New Zealand with Wendy Lee and the ELP team. Study participants attended the 2019 Learning Stories in Practice book launch, Learning Stories Conference, where many of the participants provided workshops, visited Mana Tamariki school in Palmerston North, visited NZ early childhood centers, and met with Dr. Margaret Carr for tea and conversation.

2nd USA Learning Stories Intensive Study participants pictured here with Wendy Lee:
Isauro M. Escamilla, Anna Maria Izaguirre, Nathan Johnston, Julia Koumbassa, Janina Martin, Jeannette Mulhern, Karina Ramos, Eddie Tanimoto, Dr. Annie White, and Larrisa Wilkinson.