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Teacher Institute

A weekend of panels, workshops and lots of storytelling, bringing together educators using Moth stories in the classroom.

The application is now closed. To keep informed of future Institutes, please complete this Interest Form.

What's in store?

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Hosted by The Moth from June 8-10, 2018 in NYC, The Moth Teacher Institute brings together in-service K-12 teachers from across the country who currently use—or are eager to bring—Moth stories to their classrooms and school communities. This institute is designed for teachers looking to learn from experienced Moth instructors, storytellers and directors.  

Our goal is to further the impact that true, personal storytelling can have on student engagement and school community. Student storytelling can challenge dominant narratives about young people's lives, while developing new ways for students to listen to each other in classroom spaces. Students develop important skills, from social-emotional capacities to critical speaking, listening and narrative skills.  

Student voice is being recognized more and more as an essential part of authentic learning; come learn strategies to make spaces for your students to share what they want to tell. The Institute is for you whether you're an experienced teacher looking to fine-tune new strategies, or a curious newcomer eager to learn more about Moth storytelling.

The weekend will feature three lively, story-worthy days: panel discussions featuring Moth student alumni, workshops focused on Moth pedagogy and approaches, and an opportunity for you to craft your own story. The weekend will close with our very own  Teacher StorySLAM!


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Schedule coming soon!

The institute will begin on Friday afternoon, run from Saturday morning into the afternoon and then wrap-up on Sunday around 1pm. Exact times will be announced shortly.


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>> The application is now closed. To keep informed of future Institutes, please complete this Interest Form. <<

Once accepted, admission is $295 per teacher for the three day conference. Thanks to a generous grant from the Gottesman Foundation, we are able to offer a limited number of financial assistance packages to allow for teachers from across the country to attend the 3-day conference. Financial assistance is intended to support K-12 educators for whom the conference costs are a barrier to attending.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of April 6th, 2018. Applicants who submit by the priority deadline of April 6th can expect to hear from us by April 13th about whether they’ve been accepted, been offered a fellowship, or are being added to our waitlist. Applications received after the 6th will still be reviewed and responded to within a week.

Assistance includes:

  • All conference fees
  • A contribution towards travel and/or accommodations up to a maximum of $500

Financial Assistance Criteria

To be eligible for a financial package, you must meet the criteria below.


  • You would be unable to attend the Conference without financial support;
  • Participation in the Conference will clearly contribute to your professional development;
  • You are a K-12 teacher currently in the classroom.
  • Financial packages are non-transferable.
  • Awardees who are unable to take up the supported package must relinquish it.
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of April 6th, 2018.

Priority will be given to educators who demonstrate an intention to implement Moth storytelling in their school community and are committed to sharing their experiences with other educators.

Please note that funds for the Financial Assistance package are strictly limited and will not be given to applicants who do not meet the criteria.

Applicants who meet the Financial Assistance criteria should complete the online delegate application by Monday, April 30, 2018. The selection of financial aid awardees will be made by the Moth Education staff. All applicants will receive a decision by May 15, 2018.

On accepting an Moth Education Financial Assistance Package, participants agree to the following:

  • Booking their own travel and confirming their place at the Conference. (Note – only in exceptional circumstances will money be released in advance of travel booked on the applicant’s behalf.)
  • Completing a travel reimbursement form and submitting this to the conference organizers along with a copy receipts for travel. Reimbursement will be via electronic bank transfer only and will only be released when the form and receipts have been provided. (Note – failure to complete the form and include receipts may result in the withdrawal of the financial assistance offer.)
  • Arranging your own visa if required

Thank you so much for your interest!

Venue, Travel and Accomodations

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Location coming soon!

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