The value and power of storytelling is universal across cultures, across disciplines, and over time; there is evidence that preliterate cultures relied on storytelling to educate their members and that these oral retellings were exceptionally accurate. In the 20th century, telling stories in the form of entertainment is something we know and understand from our earliest memories and experiences. If our life is replayed through our stories, then it makes sense that stories used in learning experiences help us to integrate new meaning into existing schemas. Yet research in this area is fragmented and situated in a variety of fields, and is therefore difficult to understand as an instructional method. Given the rapid proliferation of digital storytelling tools in the 21st century, identifying theoretical frameworks to guide our pedagogical applications will only enhance instructional applications. This session provides frameworks for effective storytelling that can enrich and ensure learning.