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Teaching with Poetry Out Loud: Building a Community in Your Classroom

A Teachers’ Round Table Offering

Saturday, October  1, 2022, 1-3:30 p.m., ET, via Zoom

Holly Smith, Instructor

Poetry Out Loud is a free, ever-changing source for  bringing poetry to life in the classroom. In this Teachers’ Round Table session, educator and Poetry Out Loud veteran Holly Smith will offer structured ways for teachers to navigate POL, with the goal of getting out of students’ way to facilitate authentic choice and engagement. In the session we will explore strategies to support the independent study, recitation, and writing of poems using the POL database of poems; use past POL recitations as high-interest entry points to poetry; and provide support to teachers wishing to build or continue a POL program at their school.

Join us, and invite a friend!

Cost: $20 per person, $30 per pair

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About Holly

Holly Smith is an English language arts teacher at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, the community where she also lives.  Holly is a long-time AP literature teacher. Since beginning her  work with POL in 2012, Holly has gone to POL nationals three times with McNair’s New Jersey state champions. She has attended the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching as well as the Dodge Poetry Festival, where she has explored  page-poet traditions and the work of living poets. Of late, Holly has helped to implement an interactive National Poetry Month event for high schoolers at the Jersey City Public Schools and played amateur publicist coordinating media coverage surrounding the Disney + Ms. Marvel series (set in Jersey City at “Coles Academic”).