STORY EXCHANGE FAQS

  1. How do we select schools?

We select schools based on our strategic global rollout plan. Currently, we are focused on ten states in the US, including Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Our plan also includes Ireland, Israel, Mexico and South Africa. Narrative 4 considers the demographics, number of educators, students, artists, community leaders and potential partners who want to be involved with us. We also consider available funding opportunities in each area.

 

  1. How do we select teachers?

We select teachers based on their interest in Narrative 4 and their vision for how our programs might be adopted in their schools and communities. Our current educator/advisors are dedicated, farsighted, professional, and empathetic. They have a good working rapport with not only their students and fellow teachers, but also with their peers, including administrators, guidance counselors, parents of students and community leaders. They realize the inherent risks, along with the great rewards, that come with orchestrating a story exchange. They promote trust and have strong interpersonal skills.

 

  1. How do we select students?

All students are eligible for the Narrative 4 experience. In the spirit of our horizontal model, we rely on teachers and administrators to select students from their schools.

 

  1. How do we connect schools?

 Narrative 4 has a large, demographically diverse bank of schools in our network. We do require each participant to experience a face-to-face exchange before he or she is virtually connected with others from around the world. These classroom exchanges are essential when it comes to understanding the process and inherent power of our core methodology. Only then do we pair schools and prepare them for inter-school story exchanges.

 

  1. What are our target age groups?

Currently, Narrative 4 primarily works with high school students. We are, however, developing model programs for the future that are designed for myriad constituencies. Our organization is global, and our programs are intended for everyone. In the future, look for exchanges between border patrol officers and immigrants, 8th graders and senior citizens, and corporate CEO’s and company employees.

 

  1. How do we create safe spaces for our programs?

N4 works closely with students, educators, administrators and community leaders to ensure the safety of our students. We have designed our programs using best practices and procedures intended to promote the safety of students and staff.

 

  1. How do we set up a story exchange?

Interested parties may send an email inquiry to info@narrative4.com. We will evaluate the request and work with you to establish realistic goals and a timeline.

 

  1. How long is a story exchange?

Story exchanges vary in scope depending on how deeply they are embedded into the curriculum. Currently, we have models that range from one to four weeks. We also conduct one-day exchanges for training purposes only.

 

  1. How many participants should be in a story exchange?

We typically break into groups of sixteen to twenty, plus two facilitators.

 

  1. How do we measure impact?

We are collaborating with research partners at several top universities, including Yale University, Olin College, Bates College, The Wellesley Institute, the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland to measure and evaluate our programs. We also use online surveys and rely on testimonials from all participants.

 

  1. How do we embed exchanges into the curriculum and address Common Core State Standards?

School curricula are built around particular, measurable initiatives and goals that come from institutional mission statements and annual SLO (Student Learning Objectives) goals, as well as the U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core Standards. We understand that curricula must meet the specific and eclectic needs of each school. We help teachers and administrators understand the value of Narrative 4’s vision and mission as they pertain to the standards. Currently, we have a host of curriculum models that have been designed by educators.