If you’re in Los Angeles this Memorial Day weekend, check out PEN in the Classroom and other great authors at the literary event of the season. Celebrate the literary with PEN Center USA at the Jubilee. The Literary Stage is LIVE from 12 Noon -6PM May 26+27. For more information, click here.
In fall 2012, Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T & W) will launch a searchable Digital Resource Center (DRC) on theirr website. Initially drawing on material from T&W’s 45 years of print publications, the DRC will also include resources provided by other members of the WITS Alliance–the professional network of literary arts education programs and individuals who serve K-12 students and provide professional development for their teachers.
Help them shape this new resource by completing a short survey here. Thank you!
Writers in the Schools Alliance member Community Word Project is offering a summer training opportunity for Teaching Artists with 2 or more years of experience. Here are some details about the program:
2012 Summer Institute for
Advanced Teaching Artists
July 20, 23 and 24, 2012
WHAT: A three-day, intensive workshop focusing on Innovation, Multi-disciplinary Arts Integration, Curriculum Development, Evaluation/Assessment, Critical Thinking Skills and Classroom Management.
WHERE: Community Resource Exchange
42 Broadway, Suite 2000, New York, NY 10004
WHEN: Friday, July 20; Monday, July 23; and Tuesday, July 24
WHO: Creative Writers, Visual and Multi-Media Artists, Musicians, Dancers and Theater Artists with 2+ years experience teaching their art form in a public school setting.
The Summer Institute’s training curriculum is based on Community Word Project’s creative process exploration methods, teaching practices and philosophy developed over 12 years in NYC public school system.
Participants gain hands-on experience through classroom exercises, discussions, role-playing and collaboration in these focus areas:
• Transforming your Creative Process into Innovative Teaching Methods
• Developing Critical Thinking Skills through Arts Exercises
• Collaborating with Teaching Artists of a Different Art Form
• Evaluating and Assessing Student Work
• Arts Integration
• Cultivating environments of Social Change within classrooms
• Co-teaching with Classroom Teachers
• Classroom Management Techniques
For further details, please visit the Community Word Project website or contact Program Director Khalil Murrell at TATIP@communitywordproject.org
Our British friends at NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) have published an e-book about how to become a writer in your community. The e-book, Getting Started as a Writer in the Community, written by River Wolton, is available as a free download on their website. Click here to get a copy.
We had a great time at AWP 2012. Thanks for your enthusiasm about the Writers in the Schools movement. We loved seeing you at the WITS booth, at our panels, and at our reception. Once you’ve recuperated, please be in touch.
- AWP 2012: Writers, writers, writers! (samuelpark.com)
On August 26th, and 27th, Renee Watson, author, actress, and teaching artist for Community Word Project, led a a series of workshops with the theme, Talking Back to the World: Empowering Students to Define Themselves through Writing and Visual Art.
High points of the training were a dramatization of The Emotional Bus (have you ridden on it before?) and a revision lesson using music from the Fugees. The WITS orientation is designed to inspire and prepare WITS writers for the new school year.
InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit has a lot to be proud of. This week they welcome back from San Francisco six student poets, where their team placed fourth at Brave New Voices, the national youth slam competition.
“This is not just a slam. These are words for a better tomorrow,” slam team member Justin Rogers proclaimed. The WITS Alliance congratulates Justin Rogers, Devin Magee, Joseph Verge, Ariana Washington, Breeana Blackmon and Andrew Barnhill. You guys give us hope!
Each Writers in the Schools (WITS) program is unique. Community Word Project in New York City is a great example. All of the WITS programs do culminating events to celebrate what students have learned over the past year. Community Word is the only group to transalate the groups writing into art. Here is one example of a community mural. It was written and created by 7th grade students at PS/MS 279 in the Bronx. Community Word is led by the Founding Director, Michele Kotler.
Submissions for the 2011 Bechtel Prize are due on June 30. This year the Bechtel Prize will be judged by Patricia Hampl. Here is more information from the Teachers & Writers site:
Since 2004, Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) has honored the author of an exemplary essay on literary arts education with the annual Bechtel Prize. Submissions for the award address important issues in creative writing education and/or literary studies.
For more information, click here.