Sue Black, StorytellerWorkshops for Adults

Sue is an Illinois CPDU provider.

Kids Tell it Write!

Sue’s enthusiasm for writing is contagious. With imagination and a willingness to experiment, Sue models effective, classroom-tested activities she uses with student writers. She’ll lead you through a series of fun, interactive activities designed to allow students to discover how they can bring a story to life before they pick up a pencil.  Topics include: the Big 3, the Other Big 3, effective use of dialogue to move the story forward, important-interesting-supporting details, the importance of word choice, and more! Then prepare yourself for an incredible transformation in student writing once they learn they’ve got a fabulous story to tell!

“Content was rich and accessible, taught the way kids experience it with bodies and minds engaged.”
“Fabulous use of physicality to teach expository writing.”
“Your workshop made this entire conference worthwhile for me.”
“You have put this conference over the top for us!”
ISLMA Conference Evaluations

 

Kids Tell! Students Tell Stories

Learn how you can take students in grades two through eight from first-meeting jitters to confident storytellers in this interactive workshop. Designed for classroom or after school clubs, adapt Sue’s lesson plan to fit your time-frame and curricular goals. This framework for developing student storytellers has been aligned with the Illinois State Learning Standards, Bloom's Taxonomy, and the 6 Traits of Writing program.

 

Storytelling...You Can Do It!

Explore the unlimited potential for using storytelling in your classroom, workplace, home, and life. Discover techniques to learn a story and bring it to life. Bring your imagination and a willingness to experiment with voice, dialogue, body language, facial expressions, and gesture.

Especially for teachers: Use storytelling as one of the building blocks in your literacy-rich environment to create enthusiastic readers! Encourage curiosity, questions and active involvement in stories. Model the energy, enthusiasm and playfulness in your storytelling that you want to inspire in your students.

This workshop is high energy and interactive – get ready to roll up your sleeves and give storytelling a try!

 

It Takes a Village / You and Me–Bully Free

For more information about these bullying prevention workshops for parents and teachers, visit Sue's YouAndMe-BullyFree website.

 

Bullying prevention workshops for teachers and parents working with the bully, the bullied and the bystander. Learn what to do, what not to do, and strategies that make a difference. Create a culture of inclusion in our classrooms, homes, and communities for lasting bullying prevention.

“This was the best presentation. She left us with so many great ideas.”
“Can’t wait to try her strategies in my classroom.”

IPSD#204 Teacher Evaluations

Certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer

For more information about these bullying prevention workshops for parents and teachers, visit Sue's YouAndMe-BullyFree website.

 

Sue offers training and ongoing technical assistance for schools interested in implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
http://www.olweus.org/public/index.page
http://www.clemson.edu/olweus/

 

 

Recent Workshop Presentations

Kids Tell it Write!

  • National Conference, American Assoc. of School Librarians, Minneapolis, MN – October 2011
  • Project Arte, Statewide Migrant Education Workshop, Springfield, IL – June 2011 / June 2010
  • Illinois School Library Media Association Conference, St. Charles, IL – October 2010
  • Illinois School Library Media Association Conference, Arlington Heights, IL - November 2008 / 2007
  • Northlands Storytelling Network Conference, Green Lake, WI – April 2010
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools staff development, Ann Arbor, MI – March 2009
  • Illinois Gifted Educators Conference, Chicago, IL - February 2009

 

Kids Tell! Students Tell Stories

  • Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL -- January 2012
  • Chicago Public Schools staff development, Chicago, IL – April 2011 / November 2008
  • Dukane School Library Institute, DuPage County, IL – February 2008
  • Illinois School Library Media Association Conference, Springfield/Arlington Heights, IL - November 2008 / 2007 / 2006
  • Illinois Reading Conference, Springfield, IL - March 2007 / 2006
  • Sharing the Fire Conference, Nashua, NH - March 2006
  • Frankfort School District 157C, Frankfort, IL - March 2006
  • Northlands Storytelling Conference, Madison, WI - April 2005
  • Illinois Gifted Educators Conference, Chicago, IL - February 2009 / 2005
  • Sterling Public Library-Public Schools Staff Development, Sterling, IL - January 2005
  • Lake Zurich District 95, Lake Zurich, IL - April 2004
  • Betty Weeks Storytelling Conference for Educators, Evanston, IL - February 2004

 

Storytelling...You Can Do It!

  • North Dakota State Library Conference, Bismarck, ND – April 2013
  • Strong Children Strong Communities Conference, Chicago Heights, IL – February 2013
  • Early Childhood Education Program - Stagg High School, Palos Hills, IL – December 2012
  • College of DuPage Early Childhood Education workshop, Glen Ellyn, IL – November 2012
  • McHenryCounty College, Early Childhood classes, Crystal Lake, IL – April 2013 / 2012
  • Early Childhood Education Program, Carl Sandburg High School, Orland Park, IL – September 2012 /January 2012 and Andrew High School, Tinley Park, IL – January 2011 / 2010
  • College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL -- June 2012
  • McHenry County College, Early Childhood Educators Conference, Crystal Lake, IL – November 2011 / 2009
  • Concordia University Young Learner's Conference, River Forest, IL - August 2011 / 2010
  • McHenry County College, Early Childhood classes, Crystal Lake, IL – April 2011 / 2010
  • Moraine Valley Community College, Early Childhood Conference, Palos Hills, IL - March 2011
  • Little Blessings PreSchool Staff Development, Naperville, IL – March 2011
  • Andrew Lang High School, Early Childhood classes, Tinley Park, IL – January 2011 / 2010
  • Vernon Area Public Library District, area preschool teachers, Lincolnshire, IL – August 2010
  • Glenwood Public Library District, Lynwood, IL – June 2009
  • Early Literacy and Illinois Reading Recovery Conference, Chicago, IL - January 2009
  • University of Wisconsin Early Childhood Conference, Whitewater, WI – April 2009 / 2008
  • Northlands Storytelling Conference, Green Lake, WI    - April 2008
  • IL Childcare Association Insights Conference, Itasca, IL – February 2008
  • IL District U-46 Early Learners Staff Development, Elgin, IL – February 2008
  • Sharing a Vision Conference, Springfield/Oak Brook, IL - October 2009 / 2007 / 2005
  • Concordia University Young Learner's Conference, River Forest, IL - August 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006

 

It Takes a Village / You and Me–Bully Free

  • International Bullying Prevention Association Conference, Denver, CO - Nov. 2015
  • Flossmoor School District parent workshop, Flossmoor, IL - Nov. 2015
  • District 123 parent workshop, Hometown, IL - Oct. 2015
  • Illini West High School District #307, staff and parent workshops, Carthage, IL - Aug. 2015
  • International Bullying Prevention Association Conference, San Diego, CA - Nov. 2014
  • Plast Ukranian Scouting Organization Conference, Chicago, IL - Oct. 2014
  • Edison Junior High staff training, Pekin, IL - May 2014
  • Broadmoor Junior High staff training, Pekin, IL - May 2014
  • Salem Methodist Preschool staff in-service, Barrington, IL – November 2013
  • Flossmoor School District 161 workshop for teachers, Flossmoor, IL – October 2013
  • Flossmoor School District 161 workshop for parents, Flossmoor, IL – October 2013
  • North Dakota State Library Conference, Bismarck, ND – April 2013
  • Flossmoor School District 161 workshop for support staff, Flossmoor, IL – January 2013
  • Governors State University, University Park, IL – November 2012
  • International Bullying Prevention Association Conference, Kansas City, MO -- November 2012
  • Prairie State College Teacher In-Service, Chicago Heights, IL -- August 2012
  • Girl Scout Association, Worth, IL -- April 2012
  • Keynote Speaker – Strong Children Strong Communities Conference, Chicago Heights, IL – Feb 2012
  • Flossmoor District 161 Family Night, Flossmoor, IL – October 2012 / January 2012
  • Patterson School PTA, Naperville, IL - September 2011
  • IPSD#204 Staff Development Institute Day, Aurora, IL – February 2011
  • Youth Services Librarians Staff Development, Western Springs, IL – November 2010
  • Ann Arbor Parent’s Group, Ann Arbor, MI – February 2009
  • Spring Brook School, Naperville, IL - December 2007