NSN Accreditation for Non-Degree Storytelling Instruction
In this age of online advertising and marketing, new storytellers can be overwhelmed and concerned about where to spend their money to learn about storytelling. To assist newcomers in navigating the myriad of ads, the National Storytelling Network began to examine a way to accredit individuals and organizations that teach the art of oral storytelling in non-degree programs.
In 2019 the NSN Board of Directors approved a committee to research and develop a system of accreditation. The committee identified a process of review that includes 1) an application that demonstrates the scope of instruction, 2) criteria for acceptance, and 3) a framework for reviewer recommendation. The process validates that the applicant teaches what is advertised, is responsive to the students, and has ethical financial and teaching practices.
The committee tested the proposed accreditation process with two pilots. In November 2019, the programs completed the review process successfully and will eventually receive certificates that indicate accreditation by NSN. Both programs were positive about the experience and found the review process helpful. Below are comments from storytelling programs.
“Acknowledgement by a professional organization is a boost to our organization that depends on donations or grants and the accreditation builds awareness among our own volunteers that there is so much more to storytelling than our organization. In addition, the application process helped us to carefully look at course objectives and demonstrate how we teach toward those outcomes.” Maria Medina, EdD, Spellbinders Executive Director
“It was exciting to be part of this new program and help participate in its shaping and first iteration.” Jim Brule, Transformative Storytelling
The Accreditation Committee is honored to share that this concerted project is completed and can invite NSN members to take advantage of the review process in the future. The NSN Recommendation can benefit individuals or organizations that:
- Provide workshops, courses, mentorships or other types of instruction in the art of oral storytelling.
- Teach business and marketing of storytelling, techniques of performance, research a variety of story types.
- Want to advance the overall view of storytelling as a profession in the field of performing arts.
For more information email Danni Altman-Newell (email@example.com) using the subject NSN ACCREDITATION to be placed on the mailing list for updates.