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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Poetry Out Loud & Positive School Climate

     

October 26, 2016

"I feel like I can really make people FEEL the poem. Not from an academic or structural way but from the heart.”

“DO IT! It will be a valuable experience. In addition to gaining performance and memorization skills, you will have three poems close to your heart that you can draw upon at different points in your life. It's a wonderful introduction to poetry that I think everyone ought to try. It's not just for theater or English based students - math and tech students will enjoy it as well.”

“I was very new to this program, as a freshman, but my English teacher was very encouraging to myself and my fellow 
classmates, so I thought I's give it a try. I was surprised and honored to be selected as the champion of my school competition, because I was up against many other students, almost all of whom were my seniors. Winning was such a huge deal to me because it was so unexpected. I felt that if I could have beat those odds, I could very well beat any others. I worked hard at memorizing my poems, and really trying to make them personal and meaningful. I didn't end up advancing from my semifinal competition, but the experience was definitely worthwhile. It was great to be able to meet other people my age who shared similar interests with me and I would recommend participating in this program just for the sheer exposure it brought me.”

- Responses to the Student Evaluation NH Poetry Out Loud, 2015- 2016

Don’t forget! Teacher orientations begin next week
We will be hosting 2 teacher orientations for you to choose from. Attendance is STRONGLY encouraged for all schools and programs, even if you have already participated in previous years. A certificate for 2 CEUs will be given at the end of the orientation. All teachers in your school who will be participating are encouraged to attend. Register for the orientation here.  If you are unable to make the orientation, please send me an email so we can set up a time to discuss the program over the phone.

·         NH Institute of Art, Manchester
Thursday, November 3, 4-6 PM
·         Museum of the White Mountains, Plymouth
Monday, November 7, 4-6 PM

Tips on Using POL to Contribute to a Positive School Climate (PDF)
  • ·         Celebrate Diverse TalentsPoetry Out Loud offers your school another opportunity for an annual competitive and supportive showcase of skills in addition to athletics. Classroom and school-wide champions can share their recitations at school assemblies and events.
  • Involve as Many Classes as PossibleHaving multiple classrooms and grade levels participate and compete generates excitement among students. It also gives an opportunity for teachers to collaborate and share approaches to teaching.
  • Encourage and Support ELL Classes to ParticipatePoetry is an excellent tool for teaching in-depth contextual understanding of English vocabulary and practice of public speaking skills. When ELL students participate in POL it enriches the entire school culture by providing meaningful curricular-based integration and opportunity for the success of all students.
  •   Invite a Local Poet or Teaching ArtistThere are many teaching tools and resources available though the POL website but having a local poet share their passion with students can elevate students’ own excitement and create real world connections. Invite a poet to do a reading, lead an in-class exercise, or open with a reading at your school competition. Ask a theater educator in your school to lead exercises on public speaking.
  • Get Fired Up for Your School CompetitionCelebrate your students’ achievements, hard work, and courage by making your school competition as exciting as a final athletic event. Possibilities include: reserve the auditorium, ask theater educators to help with lighting, alert the local press, make a program with student bios, create opportunities for school finalists to recite within the community, invite the public, invite high-profile community members as judges, announce the competition on the daily school PA broadcast, put the competition on the outdoor school marquee, invite band members to perform before and after the event, and more. Be creative!

Additional Resources for Teaching
·         Sign up for a Peer Mentor
Our Advisory Committee has graciously offered to serve as mentors to school POL coordinators. If you would like to be paired with an experienced mentor, send me an email and we can connect you.
·         Read Suggestions from Students
Students answered questions on how their school competitions could have been improved, what they most enjoyed learning about, why they participated in the program and more. Use these answers from program participants to inform your school participation.  
·         Visit and bookmark the NH Poetry Out Loud page for important updates and the NEA POL webpage.
·         Read about the program and look over the teacher resources including:
  • October 23, 2016: Registration Deadline
  • October 2016 - February 2017: New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud School curriculum and competitions
  • November 3 & 7 Teacher Orientations
  • January 7, 2017: POL Student Poetry Clinic
  • February 2017: Judges Orientation
  • February 3, 2017: Deadline to hold School Competitions
  • February - March 2017: Regional Semi-Finals Competitions
  • March 10, 2017: NH State Finals Championship, NH State House, Concord
  • March 13, 2017: Snow Date for NH State Finals Championship, NH State House, Concord
  • April 24-26, 2017: Poetry Out Loud National Championship in Washington, DC

Teacher Orientations


October 12, 2016

"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"- Annabelle Emuze, 2015 IL POL Champion

Register Now for the Poetry Out Loud Teacher Orientation

We are happy to be hosting two POL Teacher Orientations for you to choose from. Attendance is STRONGLY encouraged for all schools and programs, even if you have already participated in previous years. A certificate for 2 CEUs will be given at the end of the orientation. All teachers in your school who will be participating are encouraged to attend. Register for the orientation here.  

·         NH Institute of Art, Manchester
Thursday, November 3, 4-6 PM
·         Museum of the White Mountains, Plymouth
Monday, November 7, 4-6 PM

The orientation will cover:
·         an overview of the POL program requirements
·         tips for teaching poetry and recitation in the classroom
·         best practices for recruiting students and judges
·         ways to use your school competition to feed positive school culture
·         the NH and national calendar of events
·         additional resources available to you, and more

I want to start digging in!
We encourage you to:
·         Visit and bookmark the NH Poetry Out Loud page for important updates and the NEA POL webpage.
·         Read about the program and look over the teacher resources including:
o   Connections to NCTE ELA Common Core Standards
·         Plan your curriculum to have a school-wide competition before the deadline February 3, 2017.

Want to get in the mood for poetry?!
·         Subscribe to Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day
·         Post a poem-a-day from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology in your classroom
·         Attend the NH Arts Education Conference with keynote and workshop by Maine Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum

See you in November!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

2016- 2017 Poetry Out Loud- Welcome!

       

"Even people who don't particularly enjoy most forms of poetry can still find a poem that they enjoy AND be very good at reciting if they set their minds to it. What makes poetry so appealing is its ability to describe all sorts of different aspects of the human experience in a new and unique light. There is a poem out there for everyone. Even my dad...maybe."- Danielle Corbett, 2016 NH Poetry Out Loud Champion

Welcome to Poetry Out Loud 2016-2017!

We are excited to have your school participating in this year’s Poetry Out Loud Competition whether this is your 12th year or first. The program is a national model in poetry instruction that is supported by the NH State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. Best of all, the materials and trainings are free to all registered schools.

How do I start?
We encourage you to:
·         Visit and bookmark the NH Poetry Out Loud page for important updates and the NEA POL webpage.
·         Read about the program and look over the teacher resources including:
o   Connections to NCTE ELA Common Core Standards
·         Plan your curriculum to have a school-wide competition before the deadline February 3, 2017.

More training!
We will hold a mandatory training for all teachers participating in POL. The training is free and you will receive 2 hours of CEUs. You can choose to attend a training in Manchester or in Plymouth; dates to be announced soon! You will hear from experienced POL teachers, learn more about teaching poetry in your classroom, get tips on holding a successful school competition, and receive a printed copy of the teacher’s tool-kit (linked above). You will also receive posters for your classroom.

We will be celebrating poetry with you along the way!
You will continue to receive periodic program updates including:
  • resources
  • state-wide poetry events
  • information on the free poetry clinic for your students
  • important dates to remember
  • Keep us updated with:
  • the date of your school competition (we try to attend as many as possible)
  • any questions you have
  • if this is your first year, and you would like a peer mentor

Important Dates:
  • October 23, 2016: Registration Deadline
  • October 2016 - February 2017: New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud School curriculum and competitions
  • January 2017: POL Student Poetry Clinic
  • February 2017: Judges Orientation
  • February - March 2017: Regional Semi-Finals Competitions
  • March 10, 2017: NH State Finals Championship, NH State House, Concord
  • March 13, 2017: Snow Date for NH State Finals Championship, NH State House, Concord
  • April 24-26, 2017: Poetry Out Loud National Championship in Washington, DC
It is a true highlight of NH State Council on the Arts to support teachers and schools and help introduce poetry to nearly 10,000 NH students each year.  

See you soon,


Julianne Gadoury
Arts Education Coordinator


Monday, January 4, 2016

Upcoming Poetry Events

A great way to build interest in POL and engage your students in poetry - especially if you haven't yet started your curriculum - is to encourage students to attend poetry events happening around them. Here are a few events and activities that have come across our desks:

3RD ANNUAL YOUTH POETRY HOOT - Wednesday, Jan. 6th from 7-9PM
Put on by the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program, Hoot Night is held the first Wednesday of the month at Cafe Espresso, in Portsmouth. This month will be YOUTH Hoot Night and will feature an hour of youth readings and then an hour open mic. Click here to read more.

THE POL STUDENT POETRY CLINIC - Saturday, Jan. 9th from 9-12PM
Register TODAY
The clinic will be this Saturday, Jan. 9th at Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro, from 9-12pm. This event is open to ALL students and FREE to attend. Students should bring at least one poem they are working on.

FROST FARM PRIZE for METRICAL POETRY - Open for Entries
Entries are open for the 6th annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner will receive $1,000, publication in Evansville Review and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2016 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm. The reading opens the Frost Farm Poetry Conference, which is devoted to metrical poetry. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend the conference. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2016. Want to find out more?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

POL is Picking Up!

It's nearly mid-December and that means holiday break is right around the corner. We have a few updates on contest info and logistics as well as a few new resources.

Logistics and Important POL Info

The Student Poetry Clinic is happening Jan. 9th and registration is open! Please RSVP by EventBrite and then click "Contact Organizer" to provide an estimate for the number of students you plan to send.

Once you have held your school/group contest you should submit your Student Information Form through SurveyMonkey. You will need to submit the form twice - once for your champion and once for the alternate. It will probably be easiest to sit down with your student and fill this out together as we do require personal information such as parent/guardian name, phone, etc. If you'd rather type this information and send to me by email, you can download this Word version instead.

There have been a few last minute changes to semi-final groups as well as the addition of one new school, bringing us to 42 total! Here is a copy of the final list for you to download or reference the image below.

Resources for YOU

Create some buzz around POL! A Word version of the press release template shared by the NEA is available on the Arts Council's website - this is a great tool to promote your school competition and results.

The Arts Council has also created these jazzy promotional flyers for each semi-final event - you can find them here: SNHU, NHIA, Jean's, NEC! These would be great to hand out at your school competition and could encourage folks to attend the semi's! (Thank you, Emily!)

Here is a cool article on the "art of short story writing" and some creative ways to bring together arts and writing prompts. (H/T to Catherine for this one!)

If you or a teacher at your school would like to bring a poet into the classroom please contact Gordon Lang from Kingswood Regional High School - glang@govwentworth.k12.nh.us. Gordon is the Treasurer of the Poetry Society of NH and can help arrange this. (Thank you, Gordon!)

Don't forget - you can post your own questions, suggestions, resources, etc. on the Teacher's Forum page - it takes everyone to participate to make this work and be of any value so thanks in advance!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Teacher Orientation Summary & Resources

The two Teacher Orientations were both a great success, so thank you all for your time, for sharing your questions, and offering your resources and best practices. Below you will find detailed notes from the two sessions (compiled) as well as links to the resources and tools are referenced in the notes.

Please leave questions in the comments section or email nhpol.coordinator@gmail.com.

Teacher Orientation Notes

Classroom Tips:
For Your Contests:
Logistics:

Friday, October 23, 2015

Teacher Orientation and Important Dates

Teacher Orientations 
The dates for this year's Teacher Orientations have been set! The first orientation will be held November 16th at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) in the French Building. The second orientation will be Tuesday, November 17th at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth and will be in the Community Room. Both orientations will run from approximately 4-6PM.

Please click here to sign up for one session.

Attendance is strongly encouraged for all schools - new and experienced - as this is key checkpoint to ensuring a successful year of POL! We will have Teachers Guides there for you to pick up as well as helpful resources and light refreshments.

Other Important Program Dates: 2015-2016
These have been added to the right-hand sidebar on this blog and are also listed below.

  • Nov. 16th - NHIA Teacher Orientation 
  • Nov. 17th - Plymouth Teacher Orientation
  • Jan. 9th - Student Poetry Clinic (snow date, Jan. 10th)
  • Feb. - Judge Training (dates TBD)
  • Feb. 19th - Deadline for holding school competition
  • Feb, 29th - NHIA Semi-Final
  • Mar. 3rd - Jean's Playhouse Semi-Final
  • Mar. 7th - SNHU Semi-Final
  • Mar. 9th - New England College Semi-Final 
  • Mar. 21st - State Finals at the State House *not confirmed