EDTalks: Beverly Cottman on the Power of Storytelling

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Beverly Cottman says storytelling can “stimulate, wake up, prod, grow and develop” an imaginative mind. The power of storytelling may be self-evident to many, but listening to Beverly tell stories is an experience in itself. In this talk, she shares several colorful stories and explains storytelling’s unique ability to empower individuals and groups to “claim their place in this world.”

EDTalks is a public speakers series that engages young professionals in public education issues in the Twin Cities. This EDTalk was given on October 28, 2014 by Beverly Cottman, a folktale storyteller and retired Minneapolis Public Schools teacher.

EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television, Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities and Young Professionals of Minneapolis. It is sponsored by a generous donation from the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation, with additional support provided by the Bush Foundation. Video by Jeff Achen and published with permission from AchieveMpls.

Jeff Achen

Jeff was a television, print, and digital reporter from 1999 until 2009. He has worked extensively in the nonprofit and journalism communities of the Twin Cities since 2006, serving as a digital strategist for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and GiveMN.org from 2010 until 2014. Jeff is an active video producer, photographer and owner of CallSign51, a creative services company specializing in video production and photography. He is a longstanding member of the Society of Professional Journalists and former Minnesota Pro Chapter board member. Additionally, he is a Navy veteran and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Nepal).

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