SOCIAL ACTION STORIES

Activist storytellers, educators, and organizers help us learn to tell a different story for our future.

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"Use this book to learn how to make empowering education and community a possibility for everyone." Dr. Bryan A. Brown, Stanford University
"This book belongs everywhere: in classrooms, community centers and places of work. These are vital and meaningful stories that need to be shared."  Wendy Woolfson
"An important call for action in times that ask us to wake up and  take steps to create a more generative  future for everyone."  Mary Alice Arthur

Featuring stories from:

Val BrownMichael Williams Lyn Ford Sherrill Knezel Kevin Cordi Loren Neimi Brittany Brazzel Beverly Stuckwisch Dan Yashinsky Ursula Wolfe-Rocca Sabrina Joy Stevens Wendy Welch Anne Schwartz Sherry Norfolk Alejandra Ivanovich Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff Kit Golan Adelina Aragon Rebecca Van Tassell Kirstin Milks Christy Marie Kent

Social Action Stories features wonderful stories from storyteller activists, education reformers, and community organizers, coupled with activities to help readers use the stories in their own journey as justice-oriented activists and educators. Published by Parkhurst Brothers Press, this collection leverages the power of stories to change hearts and minds.


Co-editors Becky, Kevin and Kirstin, as well as educator Val Brown who penned the foreword, selected stories from hundreds of submissions to weave together a sampler of how social action can, in Val's words, "feel and be experienced at different times in a movement, a career, or a lifetime." The editors also created activities to accompany each story, shaping a volume that provides opportunities for reflection, growth, and community engagement.


We're inspired by the powerful stories of our contributors. Will you join us in amplifying their work?

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"Open up dialogue within your organization, community or family as you develop a deeper understanding of growing empathy, inclusiveness, and fairness."   June Cupido
Bravo for the large number and variety of oral storytelling applications and activities contributed to SOCIAL ACTION STORIES that demonstrate the deep influence storytelling can bring  to choices in life."  Dinny Biggs
"Filled with vivid examples and activities you can use to create more of the future you desire."  Michael Margolis

About the editors:

Kevin Cordi, a White man in his fifties wearing glasses with thick frames smiles in front of a colorful background.
Kirstin Milks, a White woman wearing glasses with chin-length straight brown hair, smiles in front of laboratory equipment.
Rebecca van Tassell, a White woman in her late 30s with light brown curly hair, smiles broadly in a studio portrait with a muted background.

KEVIN D. CORDI, Ph.D. serves as an Assistant Professor at Ohio University Lancaster and has told stories as a professional storyteller in over 40 states, England, Japan, Singapore, Scotland, and Qatar.  Kevin is the author of Playing with Stories: Story Crafting for Writers, Teachers, and Other Imaginative Thinkers (Parkhurst Brothers, 2014) and You Don’t Know Jack: A Storyteller Goes to School (University of Mississippi Press, 2019).

KIRSTIN J. MILKS, Ph.D. learns from and with science students at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Indiana. Kirstin is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Senior Fellow at the Knowles Teacher Initiative, where she has served as an editor-in-chief of the journal Kaleidoscope: Educator Voices and Perspectives.

REBECCA VAN TASSELL is an educator based in New Haven, Connecticut, with experience teaching both high school and post-secondary students. Rebecca is a Senior Fellow at the Knowles Teacher Initiative, where she leads a writing workshop for secondary teachers and serves as an editor-in-chief of the journal Kaleidoscope: Educator Voices and Perspectives.