Held each year in June, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching is a unique opportunity for teachers to work closely with both their peers and a team of illustrious poets who have particular expertise in working with teachers at all levels: K–12, graduate and undergraduate, and nontraditional and community-based instructors. Over the course of 4½ days, faculty poets will share specific, hands-on techniques for teaching poetry. The emphasis is on the reading-conversation-writing-revision cycle, and our teaching approach aligns with the Common Core anchor standards for reading and writing. Graduate-level credits are available through Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Certificate of completion includes 33 hours of Continuing Education credit.
For teachers, poetry is a door into the heart of the matter–whether that matter be intellectual or emotional, civic or ecological. Because poetry taps into both wildness and civility, it is a way to guide students into the complexities of human interactions, a way to model honest, deep, and respectful conversation.Dawn Potter, Director of The Conference on Poetry and Teaching
July 1, 2020