About the Course

3 compelling videos by thought leaders from varying perspectives.

Each session covers the basics of Learning Stories and stories from different programs' journeys in Learning Story practice.

  • Develop a better understanding of Learning Stories and why they are so powerful for Early Childhood communities

  • Learn the basics of Learning Stories, including their origins and main parts

  • Understand what true authentic assessment looks like

  • Build meaningful relationships and deeply engage families

What's Included

  • Certificate

    There's a 6-hour completion certificate at the end of the course.

  • Self Paced

    Pause the course whenever you like, and come back to where you left off.

  • Community

    Join a community of like-minded educators from around the world.

Director, Educa Learning Story Academy Julia Koumbassa

Julia Koumbassa joins Educa after eight years as Center Director at University of Michigan. All told, Julia has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for almost 25 years - as a leader, teacher, trainer and parent educator.

Julia has a passion for bringing new understandings and perspectives to the work and finds joy in helping educators grow and thrive.

More recently, Julia has developed a keen interest in Learning Stories. She has visited Aotearoa New Zealand twice.

Senior Instructor Dr. Isauro Escamilla

Dr. Isauro M. Escamilla, born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, is an experienced Spanish/English dual language public school teacher in San Francisco. He is co-author of Learning Stories and Teacher Inquiry Groups: Reimagining Teaching and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (NAEYC, 2021) and a Lecturer at San Francisco State University. He is also a SALSA board member.

Head Start Coach Lindsey Shafer

Lindsey Shafer is an early childhood educator in northern California, working for 12+ years as a teacher, specialist and coach.

Lindsey was a board member for Supporting the Advancement of Learning Stories in America (SALSA) and continues to support teachers and directors in writing Learning Stories. She facilitates inquiry groups, and presents online webinars and at conferences.

Lindsey is passionate about using Learning Stories to strengthen relationships, foster reflective teaching practices, inspire discovery, and encourage play. She writes Learning Stories to educators that she works with and has been writing Learning Stories as a mom.