Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
Reconnecting to sources that nourish multiple perspectives and inclusive, culturally aware pedagogy is essential to my work as author, storyteller and teacher educator:
“Tikoroo nko agyina” - “One head cannot exchange ideas with itself” (Ashanti proverb) True learning is grounded in community and social interactions. Educators need to encourage and provide pathways for collaboration that exist among all participants and stake-holders.
“In every... teacher, there is the voice of the ancient storyteller” - Herbert Kohl (on teaching). Just as we strive to engage children in voicing their ideas so do educators need time and resources to sustain and renew their own unique capacities in helping children reach their highest goals and potential.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
Bilingual special education classroom teacher and resource room [Spanish/English] in Upper Manhattan; bilingual special education evaluator; storyteller-in-residence in public schools and community centers; conga player; experimental music and dance performance artist; early childhood music specialist; creative movement specialist in therapeutic residence for children; family outreach and intergenerational programs; clinical supervision in public and independent schools; author presentations and staff development; co-host Scholastic Teacher Radio.
Recent Professional Contributions
Keynote and conference presentations in global literacy and multilingual oral traditions (songs, games, folktales): project director of FEAST: Folklore Education & Storytelling for Teachers; webcast and media projects for the Office of Head Start Dual Language Program at Early Childhood Knowledge & Learning Center online; presenter 92Y Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning Conference; guest performer - “Ghanaian Drumming and Singing” - Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University. Membership in AAHPERD; Author’s Guild; Council for Exceptional Children.
- Full house this morning @LaCasaAzulBooks - music and children for today's story time!
- Nina Jaffe brought drums and guïros to share with the kids! #FUN#
- The Golden Flower by Nina Jaffe -- beautiful story about the creation of the island of Puerto Rico!
- Thank you Nina for sharing a beautiful story with us! We loved learning about the creation of #Borinken
- To close storytime - we will sing a song in the Taino language!
- "It was an amazing experience for me! Thank you.."
- "...I enjoyed your energy and way of teaching!"
- "Thanks so much, the workshop was great!"
- M.S.Ed., Bilingual Special Education, Bank Street College of Education
- B.A., World Music and Education, Wesleyan University
Selected Publications and Presentations
Jaffe, N. (2011). Sky bear’s gift: A native american tale. Highlights High Five, January, 6-9.
Jaffe, N. (2005). The golden flower: A taíno myth from Puerto Rico. Illus. E. O. Sánchez. Houston, TX: Arte Publico Press.
Jaffe, N. (2004). I am Wonder Woman: The contest. Illus. B. Caldwell. New York: Harper Collins.
Jaffe, N. (2001). Patakín: World tales of drums and drummers. Illus. E. Eagle. Chicago: Cricket Press.
Jaffe, N. (2000). Storytelling and folk narrative in classroom life. In N. Nager & E. K. Shapiro (Eds.), Revisiting a progressive pedagogy: The developmental-interaction approach (pp. 161-178). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
Jaffe, N. (1998). The way meat loves salt: A Cinderella tale from the Jewish tradition. Illus. L. August. New York: Holt.
Jaffe, N. (1997). A voice for the people: The life and work of Harold Courlander. New York, NY: Holt.
Jaffe, N. (1997). The mysterious visitor: Stories of the prophet Elijah. Illus. E. Savadier. New York: Scholastic.
Find me also on:Nina Jaffe Exploring Everyday Folklore with Nina Jaffe - Scholastic Online Ready for Success: Diversity & Multicultural Integration in Head Start & Early Head Start: Supporting Dual Language Learners, webcast [Part II]
New York, NY 10025