Scott Stoll

I rode a bicycle around the world and wrote some books. More about me.
About 500 children standing the shape of a bicycle as soon from the top of the gym roof.
Stories

Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life

This is the true story about a man who bicycles around the world questing for the secret of life. His journey is full of many wonders, but he eventually returns home discouraged—only then does he discover the secret in the last place left to look.

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Focus group on community learning centers with the Northside Education Committee and Cincinnati Public Schools
How we make stuff

Learning how the education system works

If you’ve been reading our website, you’ve learned that we spent a great deal of effort learning educational theory, cognitive development and psychological theory, and combining it all with our own life experiences to form a comprehensive, evidence-based process for learning how to dream and turn those dreams into reality. However, one aspect of the book that is not apparent by reading it is all the work we’ve done learning how to work within the bureaucracy of the school system, connecting with community leaders and implementing educational programs.

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Scott and Sara seeing the total solar eclipse 2017. The most amazing moment of our lives!
News

Interview with the publisher Magination Press

Sara is a child psychologist, and Scott is an author and graphic designer. Together, they wrote Dream It: A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness an imprint of the American Psychological Association. Scott drew all of the illustrations by hand. They both love traveling and inspiring others to take adventures — they believe that encouraging children to dream is the best adventure of all!

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The most frequent words in "Dream it!" Word cloud.
How we make stuff

The vocabulary of “Dream It!”

As with most aspects of a children’s book, vocabulary — or should we say diction? — or should we say word choice? — can become a complex topic, especially if you want to teach them new concepts, like how to dream. Even the word “dream” has two very different meanings. Let’s dive a little deeper into this topic and have some fun along the way.

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Dream Workshop Pilot Program. The aftermath of dream drawings. Note this is only 1 corner of the room.
How we make stuff

Our educational philosophy

This is a big topic ranging from educational psychology to cognitive development and from teaching styles to learning styles and much more. But to put it simply: We believe that kids are driven by passion and that they learn by doing — playing. And we believe the concepts, activities and games should be evidence-based, meaning tested and proven in the real world.​

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International Space Station over Earth the pale blue dot.
Backyard Adventures

Spot the International Space Station

Here is an easy backyard adventure that I have done 3 times already. You can easily spot the International Space Station flying overhead. It looks a lot like a fast airplane except that’s a lot higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour.

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Dream Workshop afternoon with Faces Without Places
How we make stuff

The Dream Club

As part of our ongoing research, we’ve tested “Dream It!” in about a dozen schools and programs. We had so much success that the facilitators starting calling it “The Dream Club” because most people thought that “The Dream Workshop” didn’t sound like any fun.

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Pacific Sideband Snail, Monadenia Fidelis
Backyard Adventures

Photo Safari

First in our series of Backyard Adventures is the Photo Safari. “Safari” is one of my favorite words. It means “adventure” or “journey” in Swahili. And while I was riding my bicycle through East Africa, people would often wish me, “Habari Safari,” meaning, “Have a good adventure.”

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