Welcome to the 3rd Annual Learning Stories Conference hosted by Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Duwamish Territory). Below you’ll find all the information you need including conference program, tickets, podcast episodes about Learning Stories, dates, times, resources, FAQs and more! Scholarships are available as well as Group discounts.

Have more questions or thoughts?
Email Mike at institute@hilltopcc.org

April 2021 – June, 2021

Learning Stories Conference Pacific Northwest 2021

Hosted by Hilltop Children’s Center in Seattle, WA (Duwamish Territory)

Conference will be held virtually

Contact Us


Open Hours

Several dates and times! 

April’s Workshops

Monday, April 19th, 2021
11am, 2pm, 5pm PST

Saturday, April 24th, 2021
10:30am PST


May’s Workshops

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
11am, 2pm, 5pm PST

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
10:30am PST


June’s Workshops

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
5:00pm PST

Friday, June 25th, 2021
12pm, 2pm, 4pm PST

Saturday, June 26th, 2021
10:30am PST

Featured Keynotes

Ellie Dawson (she/her)

Apr 24th, 2021
10:30am PST

Nnenna Odim (she/her)

May 22nd, 2021
10:30am PST

Annie White, Ed.D (she/her)

Jun 24th, 2021
5:00pm PST

Isauro M. Escamilla

Jun 26th, 2021
10:30am PST

What Are Learning Stories?


Learning Stories are a form of observation and documentation that is written in a narrative story format. It an opportunity for connecting with families by sharing with them the awesomeness of their children while making visible the power of play.


What are Learning Stories? Have you ever found yourself struggling to find the words to explain what it is or just how powerful it can be? Or perhaps you explain it so much that you want someone else to do it for you! Napcast co-host and conference presenters, Nick and Mike, recently recorded an episode on our podcast “Napcast” with Karen Virta, an educator living down in Mexico around her experience using Learning Stories across different contexts. This episode is a perfect way to explain the power of storytelling to others as well as give you another perspective on it. It’s available wherever you stream your music!

SALSA - Supporting the Advancement of Learning Stories in America

Like any good book, every learning story has a plot and a hero. In a learning story, the hero is always the child. And instead of an epic battle in an enchanted forest, a learning story takes place in reality. It uses pictures and words to tell the tale of a child’s personal growth and development. Learning Stories brings learning to life. Check out additional resources below! 

Become a Presenter!

Request for Proposals

The Learning Stories Conference draws over 400 attendees each year. The Learning Stories Conference Pacific Northwest 2021 will be expansive, with several days of workshops, reflection opportunities, keynote addresses, and networking opportunities. From this conference, we will generate a more unified community – grounded in commitment, action, and accountability – to build resilience in our future generations, inspire curiosity and reflection for educators, and embed responsiveness and restorative justice into our practices, programs, and society. This gathering of minds is not to be missed!

The Presenter Request for Proposal form will be open starting on October 1st, 2020 and must be submitted by February 28th, 2021 for consideration. Registration to attend the conference will open in January 2021.

Workshop Ideas

Presenters will use their own learning stories or narrative style of documentation / assessment as the window through which participants can see how Learning Stories (LS) can live in different contexts, and the various ways programs can use them to support other assessment requirements (TSG, Ecers, NAYEC).  In addition to experiencing the different ways LS can exist, participants will also increase their knowledge and tool kits of how to introduce certain strategies and frameworks into their practice. Breakout Sessions will focus on the three areas of responsiveness: Cultural, Pedagogical and Developmental. Below are just some ideas of what we are looking for:

Cultural Responsiveness:

  • Family Value and Identity
  • Family Engagement
  • Self-concept (windows, mirrors, and sliding doors)
  • Community / Sense of belonging
  • Different Ways of Being in the World
  • Recognizing and Addressing Bias Through a Racial Equity Lens

Pedagogical Responsiveness:

  • Reflective Practice 
  • Environments
  • Provocations
  • Observation
  • Emergent Curriculum
  • Intentionality
  • Inquiry-based Practices
  • Scaffolding and Supporting Play and Work with Children
  • Responsive Listening (understanding and respecting children’s learning)
  • Play-based Learning
  • Project Work / In-depths
  • Holistic, Strength Based Approaches
  • Multiple Learning Styles
  • Continuity of Learning Through Transitions
  • Politically Responsive
  • Community / Family Values
  • Co-learning and Co-participation
  • Making Learning Visible and Accessible

Developmental Responsiveness:

  • Physical
  • Psychosocial
  • Cognitive
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional
  • Social-Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Aesthetic (visual arts, music, creativity, etc)
  • Special Education
  • Social domains
  • Strengthen based lens
  • Curriculum that meets and supports the needs of the individual and whole group learning


Hilltop Children’s Center: Activist

SALSA – Supporting the Advancement of Learning Stories: Activist

Educa: Activist

Conference FAQ

Why are there multiple dates and times?

Not only do we have presenters coming from New York, California, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand, but our participants are from all over too! In an attempt to ensure as many people as possible can attend the sessions live, we are spreading the conference out over several dates and times. Rest assure! Your ticket price includes access to all of the workshops and their recordings! 

Will it be online?

Yes! All workshops will be held online.

Are there group discounts?

Absolutely! Just email Mike at institute@hilltopcc.org to discuss options! 


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Seattle, WA 98109, USA
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