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Abstract

Teaching evening graduate students who are working all day in demanding k–12 classrooms requires creating opportunities for them to become involved with the material in class. One of the best ways to do this is through using story to illustrate key points. This article spells out how the use of story makes the concepts of courage and persistence in school leadership clear and engaging. Students listen to stories about teachers, young students, and leaders. They then interact with one another as they discuss the ideas that have come forth through the stories. The students become animated, have the opportunity to form their own opinions, and can envision how they might react in situations similar to the stories they have heard. Storytelling has been with humankind for all time. It remains an excellent vehicle for promoting classroom engagement, critical thinking, and the development of key leadership dispositions.

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