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

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