Educator’s Guide

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Zora Neale HurstonThe Dust Inside of You


  • The Moving Stories App provides an engaging classroom experience that allows students to explore their personal and family stories and to reflect on our shared experience of migration.
  • The app can be used academically for individual lessons or at the heart of a unit on storytelling. Using the easy-to-use app, students are encouraged to interview each other following a series of carefully developed questions designed to encourage learning, connection, and reflection about the experience of migration, through historical and current event lenses.
  • The app can also be used to promote family engagement and build community inside and outside of schools, libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions.
  • Moving Stories is free on iOS and google play.
  • Download the guide to help plan your Moving Stories lessons.
  • Follow this link to set up a free password-protected classroom space to share your Moving Stories.

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Social-Emotional Goals

 Using the Moving Stories app and the accompanying lesson set will help promote  several essential college and career-ready dispositions including helping to develop:

  • Students who are curious and prepared to inquire about the ways that migration impacts individuals, communities, and nations;
  • Students who are empathetic to individuals and communities who are navigating the changes that come with mass migration;
  • Students who recognize their own perspectives and can understand the views of others about issues of migration;
  • Students who can articulate changes and continuities of the experience of migrations across a range of histories and geographies;
  • Students who recognize the importance of working to build bridges between newcomers and receiving communities.

Academic Goals

 Using the Moving Stories app and the accompanying lesson set will help promote the following speaking and listening skills as defined in the Common Core State Standards.

  • Students will practice Initiating and participating in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively;
  • Students will work with peers to set rules for collegial decision-making and (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on critical issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed;
  • Students will practice responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented;
  • Students will practice adapting their speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

 Moreover, collecting stories can be a vital component of an action civics project.

Moving Stories

The Moving Stories app has a special feature for classrooms! Using your unique Course ID, you and your students will be able to share their interviews in a private area of the website.

Complete this form to obtain your course ID and password.

  • If you would like to set your course ID, please enter it here. If left blank, we will set one for you. This is the ID your students will use to login to your classroom area.