Margaret Lippert is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education.
Margaret H. Lippert
Professional Title: Adjunct Professor, National Faculty
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Folklore; personal and family stories; storytelling in the preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school curricula; invented stories; storytelling with integrated arts
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Teaching through stories and storytelling
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Cultural History Through Storytelling
Education: BA, Swarthmore College; MEd, Teachers College, Columbia University; EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
Finist the Falcon: A Russian Legend. Illustrated by Dave Albers. Troll, 1996. The Sea Serpent's Daughter: A Brazilian Legend. Illustrated by Felipe Davalos. Troll, 1993. (Spanish edition: La Hija de la Serpiente Marina, translated by Virginia Barone. Second printing translated by Argentina Palacios.) Teacher's Read-Aloud Anthology, Volumes 1-8. (Anthologist). Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company, 1993.The Clever Turtle: A Hispanic Folk Tale. Illustrated by Ray Cruz. ONCE UPON A TIME: Macmillan Beginning Reading and Language Program, 1988.Timimoto: An Asian Folk Tale. Illustrated by Kathy Mitchell. ONCE UPON A TIME: Macmillan Beginning Reading and Language Program, 1988.Why the Moon Is in the Sky: An African Folk Tale. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. ONCE UPON A TIME: Macmillan Beginning Reading and Language Program, 1988.Songs and Stories Audiocassettes--Storytellings for Grades 1 through 8. (Assistant Producer). Set of 8 audiotapes. Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company, 1993. 58 recorded stories include 4 told by Lippert.Songs and Stories Audiocassettes--Storytellings for Kindergarten. (Co-producer). Set of 4 audiotapes. Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company, 1993. 16 recorded stories include 3 told by Lippert.Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia. (Co-authored with Won-Ldy Paye). Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt and Company, 2002. Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile. (Co-authored with Won-Ldy Paye). Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt and Company, 2003. The Talking Vegetables. (Co-authored with Won-Ldy Paye). Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt and Company, 2006. Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia. (Co-authored with Won-Ldy Paye). Illustrated by Ashley Bryan. Fulcrum Publishing, 1998.
Dr. Margaret (Meg) Lippert joined the Lesley community in 2006 after many years in the public and independent school sector. Her experience includes 10 years of classroom teaching including teaching in Tanzania and Guatemala; founding and directing a non-graded, open classroom elementary school in New Jersey; 7 years as Literature Consultant for Macmillan/McGraw Hill School Publishing Company; and 4 decades as a professional storyteller on 6 continents. The author of 22 books of multicultural folk tales, she wrote her dissertation on "Teaching Through Stories.” She taught courses in Children’s Literature, Teaching Through Stories, Curriculum Development, Social Studies, Supervision, and Models of Teaching, at Teachers College Columbia University, where she was an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Preservice Program in Elementary Education. Believing "everyone is a storyteller, especially teachers, who already have tried-and-true oral presentation skills," Meg focuses her Lesley course, Cultural History Through Storytelling, on storytelling activities and games. Students emerge from her classes as passionate storytellers with ideas, resources, confidence, and stories galore. Since 2012 she has been the Director of Storytelling for Homer Learning, a literacy app for the ipad, for which she has written dozens of multicultural folk tales. For more information about her books and comments about her work please visit her website at: www.storypower.net. For information about her work with Homer Learning please visit www.homerapp.com.
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