Narrative Curriculum: Integrating Story-base Learning Into Your Classroom

Course Description


Program Instructor


Cathy Hatcher-England, M.A.

This interactive, innovative course focuses on both theory and practical application of story-based curriculum and how it is applicable to Common Core standards. All humans are storytellers. Stories are the way we make meaning of our lives. This participatory approach to learning engages students by accessing the meaningful context provided by stories to support a variety of learning strategies. This pedagogy combines the theories and practices of Narrative Psychology, Constructivism and Storytelling.

Story-based learning invites educators to utilize prior knowledge, engage in experiences and create new ways of incorporating stories into all disciplines.

Story-based learning has four guiding principles:

  • Every student and teacher has a powerful story.
  • Story-based curriculum helps students to think critically, creatively and reflectively.
  • Stories build community in the classroom.
  • Stories transcend disciplines, cut across cultural boundaries and promote student engagement.

Course Learning Objectives

Teachers will:

  • Engage in questioning their role as story makers and storytellers.
  • Study various learning theories and effective teaching strategies in relation to story-based learning.
  • Learn how to incorporate this flexible teaching model and create supplemental materials to support Common Core standards.
  • Develop strategies to shift classroom practice from static and inert to engaged and meaningful.

Course Structure

Face-to-face sessions will be held two Saturdays on the SSU campus. Online sessions will be a blend of self-paced and group activities in between the two on-campus session dates.

Registration - Registration opens on Monday, November 13

This course will be offered on:

Saturday, February 10 & 24, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
February 11-23 – Online sessions with self-paced and group activities


In order to enroll in this program:

  • Register Online OR
  • Contact the SEIE main office
    • By Phone: 707-664-2394
    • In Person: School of Extended Education, Stevenson Hall 1012, 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609

Drop/Refunds

See our drop/refund policy in General Information here.

Financial Aid

There is no financial aid offered for this program.

Faculty Information

Cathy Hatcher-England, is an experienced educator. Earning her B.A. from the SSU Hutchins School and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Education and Psychology from Sonoma State, she offers an integrative approach to teaching and learning.

For the past 13 years Cathy has been actively involved in a wide range of K-8 educational roles including, curriculum development, project-based learning implementation, leadership and administration. Cathy is currently the Program Coordinator for the EXCEL for Youth Program at SSU. A program that she was also an instructor for since 2009. Cathy also operates Story Tree Studios, an after-school enrichment program for youth in Sonoma County.