EpicCenter Stories Learning Modules

EpicCenter Stories has a blue print for developing 29 modules that can be used by communities, school systems, and individuals. Several of these modules, including: Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson, Land and Water Forms, Storytelling Lab, PAUSE (Potomac Anacostia Ultimate Story Exchange), and the Drum of Anansi have already brought academic improvement to learners in community centers, public schools, adult learning centers and universities.

These modules are set up as frameworks so that another community can adjust them to itself using its own stories. Director Herron has led many communities in doing just this.

In Quad Cities, Illinois she led four sessions of the Drum of Anansi module to help a community re-imagine and revise its educational program for middle and high school. The epic used the Mississippi River as a major character. At Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, she helped education students develop a similar storytelling module to keep high school students from dropping out. It used the Genesee River, an important route for escaping slaves, as the geographic reference for their version of the Drum of Anansi module.

EpicCenter Stories learning modules are designed to engage students in the sharing of stories, integrating their stories into an epic about their group, and connecting their epic to core curriculum subjects. Each module includes subject focused instructional materials, resources, and teaching aids. Teachers and Epic Storytellers can use these to design a curriculum tailored to the ages and objectives of their classroom or group. The modules are designed so they can be used for one day workshops or programs lasting two, four, or twelve weeks.