Monday, September 21, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Program!

Hello Teachers and POL Coordinators!

We are off to a great start this year with 30 schools already registered to participate in the New Hampshire POL program! We have 4 new schools signed up so please remember this blog is one way to connect with one another, share resources, ask for advice, and support the overall success of this program! Leave comments, ask questions, and share your insights!

Registration ends November 2nd so if you know other schools who are hoping to join, please encourage them to sign up soon before we hit our 40-school maximum!

This year we have a big change to how students will be scored. The category, "level of complexity" has been eliminated and elements such as length of poem and language should now be considered as part of the "overall performance" of the recitation. The POL Judge's Guide provides more information on this and the NEA will be conducting a Judge Training webinar on Sept. 30th fro 3-4pm EST for those who can attend. You must register in advance!

The beginning of the school year is undoubtedly busy and so we wanted to kick this year off with some suggestions on how students can engage in poetry on their own, out in the community. This is a great way to encourage students to explore poems and poetry before you begin your POL lessons and classroom and school competitions.

  • Encourage students to engage with poetry in their local or virtual community by: 
These are all great ways for students to connect with poets and poems all year long! Do you have additional ideas? Please comment and share!