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Monday, November 20, 2017

November Updates: Semi-Final Site Assignments, Orientation Webinar, Poet Workshops


Happy November! I'm sure you're counting down the days to the Thanksgiving holiday so I will keep this brief. A few important Poetry Out Loud updates and a couple of requests of you.

UPDATES
  1. The semi-final site assignments are set. This document has a list of each school's venue. Please review and mark the dates on your calendar!
  2. Teacher-Poet Workshops are live and available to all schools. You can find more info here! Sign-up! It's free for your school!
  3. A recording of the Teacher Orientation Webinar is available for anyone who was unable to attend an orientation session.
ACTION ITEMS
  1. Please send me the date, time, and location of your school contest as soon as its set. We post these on the Arts Council's website so you all can see how your peers are doing the program, and also encourage new judges to attend so they get a feel for the semi-final events. (note: we ensure judges don't attend a school where they may then judge at that school's semi-final).
  2. If any of your colleagues who would like to receive these POL update emails please shoot me their email address.
POETRY EVENTS
November 28th - Nationally acclaimed poet Frank Bidart will be at the Capitol Center for the Arts. He will read his work and join Word of Mouth’s Virginia Prescott in conversation. Bidart is the recipient of a 2017 National Book Award and the 2017 Hall- Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Tickets are $10.00.

Wishing you all a great holiday. Please be in touch with any questions!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October Updates

Welcome to October - a month of playoff baseball, Halloween candy, and most importantly - Poetry Out Loud Teacher Orientations!
  • Wednesday, October 18th from 4-6pm at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester
  • Thursday, October 19th from 4-6pm at the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth
If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you - and any participating teachers from your school - to sign up for one of the sessions! The orientation is always highly recommended by those who attend and is a great chance to network with your fellow teachers, plan you POL program for the year, and ask questions.

NEW THIS YEAR: the orientation will feature a session of teacher-led exercises with tips and ideas for implementing your program. You can also expect the following items to be covered:
  • overview of 2017-2018 POL program and calendar including semi-final competition dates
  • best practices for recruiting students and judges
  • ways to use your school competition to feed positive school culture
  • 2 CEU hours for all who attend 
This year we will also be offering an online orientation webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4-5:30pm. No CEUs will be awarded at this orientation.

More to come soon and looking forward to seeing many of you next week!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September POL Updates

Welcome again to the 2017-2018 POL Program - I hope you've all had a great first few weeks back! I have three important updates to share so please read below.

TEACHER ORIENTATIONS ARE SCHEDULED

To help orient, or re-orient, participating schools and teachers we are again holding two in-person Teacher Orientations. At these events you can expect:
  • an overview of the POL program and calendar
  • NEW!! collaborative teacher exchange on poetry exercises for the classroom
  • best practices for recruiting students and judges
  • ways to use your school competition to feed positive school culture
  • 2 CEU hours
The in-person trainings will be held at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester on Wednesday, Oct. 18th from 4-6pm, and at the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth on Thursday, Oct. 19th from 4-6pm.

This year we will also be offering an online orientation webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4-5:30pm. No CEUs will be awarded at this orientation.

Please click here to register for an orientation. We strongly encourage all schools to attend! This is great time to make your plans for POL, learn of program updates and new offerings from the Arts Council, and meet your fellow POL coordinators.

POL CALENDAR
A revised calendar of dates is available here. Please note: we are aware the semi-final dates will overlap with most school's February vacation (week of the 26th) and are working to schedule all semi-finals between February 14th and 23rd - please plan you school contests early!

COMMUNITY EVENTS *have something share? email us.
9/22-9/23: Slam Free or Die is hosting the 5th Annual VOX POP Poetry Slam Tournament & Writing Workshops at Stark Brewing Company in Manchester. The top spoken word artists in the easter U.S. will be there and Saturday will feature three, two-hour writing and performance workshops with the first one starting at 10am. Cost of workshops will range from $5 to $10.

9/23: The New Hampshire Poetry Festival is being hosted at NH Institute of Art. There are intriguing workshops and panels lined up for what will be an exciting day of poetry.

Monday, August 7, 2017

A quick summer hello & POL update

I hope you are all enjoying the summer and your time away from the classroom!

We have 12 schools registered so far and are looking forward to more joining as we move into fall and the new school year.

There are a few updates and resources below for those who are interested but we will keep this light and let you enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

More updates and information on the teacher orientations dates will be coming soon.
  • Here is a calendar of important dates for 2017-2018 POL school year; it is in progress and will continue to be updated as dates are confirmed. All important dates can also be found on the NH POL homepage.
  • Teacher's Guides can be downloaded here or hard copies will be available for pick up at the teacher orientations (dates TBD).
  • The 2017-2018 POL online anthology will be available by September 1st

Until September...
Caitlin

Monday, June 26, 2017

Registration Open 2017-18 Poetry Out Loud

Welcome to the 13th year of Poetry Out Loud in New Hampshire!
We are accepting applications to the program from all NH public, private, and charter high schools. All schools will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The program is limited to 45 schools.

What is Poetry Out Loud?
  • A free and fun curricular unit that deeply engages students in our nation’s literary heritage through classic poetry.
  • An opportunity for your students to compete in school, regional, and state-wide competitions.
  • A national model in poetry instruction that is supported by the NH State Council on the Arts, NH Writers Project, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation.
  • A teacher-friendly, flexible program that can be integrated into the English Language Arts curriculum or existing poetry units with curriculum materials which support the English Language Arts, History, and Theatre Arts standards. To learn more about these connections check the Poetry Out Loud Teacher’s Guide at www.poetryoutloud.org.
  • Free training and resources which include a teachers’ manual, professional development clinics for educators, poetry recitation and public speaking clinics for students, access to our updated online poetry anthology, state-wide teachers’ blog, and resources.
 Key Dates to Remember:
  • Deadline to hold school competitions: 2/14/18 (book your school venue ASAP!)
  • Semi Final Competitions 2/19/2018 - 3/1/2018
  • State Finals Competition: 3/14/2018

To Learn More:
Visit the NH State Council on the Arts to learn more about Poetry Out Loud in New Hampshire and the resources that are available to support your school in implementing the program.

To Register Visit:
Register electronically. You will be asked to:
  • Identify the lead POL coordinators for your school
  • Estimate the number of students and classrooms participating
  • How many years you have participated in the program
  • Alert us to any teaching resources that would be helpful to you in implementing the program.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email. We look forward to partnering with your school to celebrate poetry and student growth.  


Caitlin Delaney
Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Opus Advisors 


Julianne Gadoury
Arts Education Coordinator
NH State council on the Arts