July 7: Free Family Concert in Edwards, Colorado! Bill returns to Colorado for storytelling classes with the children at the school and his 11th annual family concert presented by Gore Range Montessori. The hour long program features Bill with his banjo sharing stories and songs for families. The stories drawn from a vast repertoire of folktales from around the world, that Bill retells especially for families will include a delightful adventure from Iceland called "The Tale of Bukholla's Tail", the story of a cow with a very special tail. The concert will be at The Backyard at Riverwalk in Edwards on Thursday, July 7th at 5:00 PM. This is at 225 Main Street (on the riverside of the Opal Building). The concert is FREE.
June 26: Union Chapel in the Grove Family Service. Bill has designed and will lead a family service at Union Chapel in the Grove on Shelter Island, NY. The chapel which was built in 1875 host services on Sundays throughout the summer. The service was created especially for families and will include a poem, stories, songs, readings from the Bible and prayer. Children will narrate the readings. The program was inspired by one of the stained glass Brigham Windows at the chapel that has Hope as its theme. Entitled "The Window of Hope", Bill will share tales from Turkey, Greece and Scotland to illuminate the notion. Likewise the songs and readings will reflect on the importance of hope in our lives. Bill has written a new song "Here's Hoping" especially for the service. Everyone is welcome. The service begins at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 26th.
June 20 - 22: Copenhaver Institute. Roanoke College hosts its annual education conference on its campus in Salem, Virginia from June 20 - 22. This year's conclave is entitled: Developing Lifelong Readers and Learners and will feature lifelong reading advocates/authors Donalyn Miller and Steven L. Layne. Bill will be leading a break out session on approaches he has been exploring with his notion of The Narrative Classroom.
June 16 -17: Kansas City Early Childhood Conference. St Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City is hosting a 2 day early childhood conference entitled Let's Grow Together. The conference, organized by the Director of the Early Childhood program at St Paul's Sheila Abio features 3 nationally recognized experts in early childhood. Salee Beneke, an associate professor at St. Ambrose University will be speaking on "The Project Approach" to Early Childhood curricula. Bob Sornson, the founder of the Early Learning Foundation will work with attendees on discovering and sharing the joys of math in the early childhood classroom. Bill Gordh will lead an interactive session on storytelling and early literacy as well as explore further "The Narrative Classroom", an idea that began developing during his work last fall at St Paul's.
June 11: Storytelling at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue. Celebrating 60 years of storytelling at the statue, The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center once again offers a summer filled line-up of storytelling every Saturday from June through September with a sampling of the premier tellers in the region (and beyond). Bill will share the June 11th program with the fabulous storyteller and musician Navida Stein. Navida will tell the Egyptian tale "The Well of Truth" as well as another surprise story. Bill (with his banjo) will recount the Icelandic tale of "Bukholla, the Magical Cow". There will also be a couple of tales shared by some young (middle school) storytellers. The event is FREE at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 11 and is an hour long program. The performances are in front of the HCA statue in Central Park, that can be reached by entering at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, by the boat basin.
Aug. 1 -10:Innova Schools - Lima, Peru. Bill returns to Lima to continue work with the Innova Schools. On this trip he will be leading storytelling workshops for 160 early childhood educators who work in the more than 30 Innova Schools across the country. He is the storytelling curriculum consultant guiding the inclusion and development of storytelling as a integral part of literacy skill building as well as English language learning. Following the week -long workshops, Bill will visit a number of the schools to see how the newly designed early childhood curriculum is empowering the children. They will be returning for their second semester and Bill will have a chance to revisit classrooms he observed and led classes in during his March, 2015 visit. Between the 2015 visit and this upcoming trip, Bill traveled last summer to UC-Berkeley to work with an Innova team of educators.