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Storytelling belongs in every school around the world. Here's the beginning of the 1992 position statement on storytelling from the U.S. National Council of Teachers of English:

" Once upon a time, oral storytelling ruled. It was the medium through which people learned their history, settled their arguments, and came to make sense of the phenomena of their world. Then along came the written word [...]. Oral storytelling, like the simpleminded youngest brother in the olden tales, was foolishly cast aside. [...]

Luckily, a few wise librarians, camp counselors, folklorists, and traditional tellers from cultures which still highly valued the oral tale kept storytelling alive. [...] Teachers discovered that children could easily recall whatever historical or scientific facts they learned through story."

Please click here to read the entire position statement.

Jackie Baldwin and Kate Dudding are creating documentation (a booklet, a web site, and a promotional brochure) that storytellers can present to school administrators and other potential funders to demonstrate the value of using storytelling and storytelling techniques across the curriculum in traditional classrooms. Specific programs around the U.S. are described.

There is also this web site for storytellers with how-to information. Since some information of interest to storytellers is also of interest to administrators, such as the Quantitative Studies, there are links on this site to sections in the administrators' site. You can easily tell which site you are on by looking at the upper right corner, where the title of the site and the color of the corner are unique for each site ("Storytelling in Schools" on yellow for the administrators' site, "How-To Information for Storytellers" on white for the storytellers' site.)

If you are a storyteller working in schools, you may want to learn about Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance (YES!), a special interest group of The National Storytelling Network. The purposes of YES! are:

  • To promote youth storytelling.
  • To encourage educators and other adults to use storytelling with youth as an educational tool in classrooms and in other settings.
See YES!'s web site for lots of information about this group.

The National Storytelling Network has awarded Jackie and Kate a Member Grant to partially underwrite this research.

If you know of documented projects that demonstrate the value of storytelling in schools, please send this information to us.

Thank you.

Jackie Baldwin jackie@story-lovers.com
Kate Dudding kate@katedudding.com

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