The TLA Network offers a Certification in Transformative Language Arts Foundations.
This certification is an introduction to TLA in theory and practice
with opportunities for reflecting and acting on ethical work, community
networking, and TLA in action. To learn more, read our answers to common questions about the certification here, and also learn about how a partnership with Goddard College benefits people who receive the certification.
Read more in this TLA Network blog post.
If interested, please submit a short application. Once approved, you have two years to complete these requirements. NOTE: these requirements apply to anyone accepted into this certification after 1/9/20. People previously accepted and in process are grandmothered into older requirements (two instead of three required classes and other minor changes):
*Successful completion entails finishing at least 80% of all assignments, which include posting responses to exercises, questions, and each week, responses to at least three peers’ posts.
Once you complete the requirements, you will receive a certificate, verifying that you have completed the TLA Foundations certification. More information in this blog post.
This certification is an introduction to TLA in theory and practice. It
does not qualify people who complete the certification in any way
except as someone who has studied TLA, reflected deeply on TLA in theory
and practice, and participated fully in TLA-related projects, events
and/or publications. During the “Changing the World with Words” class,
participants do learn about other organizations and institutions that
offer certification in such things as facilitation, poetry therapy,
drama therapy, etc.
What Our Graduates Say
"It was like getting a double rainbow of light on this journey – an arching timeline, one decade atop the other, illuminating a future rich with possibility. The last ten years of exploration, introspection, teaching, and facilitation all wove together." ~ Wendy Thompson
"Yes, pursue this TLA certification! You will meet people who share your passion for bringing about peace, community, social justice, and healing using words and images. You will be amazed by the diverse, creative ways they do that. Hopefully, you will feel like you’ve come home to the friends, collaborators, mentors, and teachers you’ve been looking for. I do. I love this sense of belonging." ~ Diane Glass
"I'm a librarian, and the biggest lesson I'll take away from the TLA Foundations certification is that I can pursue TLA within my current profession, rather than making a career change. I was able to draw connections between my current work and the concepts I was learning in the TLA courses." ~ Masha Harris
"I learned that TLA is a way of being in the world, almost more than a way to do things in the world. By pushing myself to find TLA in everything I do for my living, I’ve found my tribe in so many facets of life: grant writing, IT, marketing, collaborative art, etc. The best part is when it shows up from behind a corner I didn’t expect." ~ Tiffany Vakilian
Ready? Here's How to Get Started:
Questions? Email Coordinator@TLANetwork.org