Andover Bread Loaf (ABL) is part of a longstanding collaboration between Phillips Academy and the Bread Loaf School of English. Created in 1987 and directed with unflagging energy by Bread Loaf graduate and Phillips Academy faculty member Lou Bernieri, its stated mission is "to enhance the teaching and learning of writing and to help catalyze educational renewal in classrooms, schools, school systems, and communities."
ABL draws most of its teachers from U.S. urban schools, American Indian reservations, and schools in Africa and Asia. In the United States, ABL has focused its efforts on teachers from a number of cities, among them Lawrence, MA, Trenton, and New Orleans. Lawrence is the flagship city for ABL, which has worked with teachers there every year for over two decades.
ABL students participate each summer in a series of workshops at Andover, on writing, educational theory and methods, literature and the arts, and using technology in the classroom.
The group also spends a day at the Bread Loaf campus in Vermont, going to classes and meeting with Bread Loaf faculty and staff. Bread Loaf offers one unit of credit (the equivalent of one three-semester-hour course) to all participants who successfully complete the workshop. We encourage workshop participants to apply to Bread Loaf to continue their education, and over the years many of them have done so for professional development credit or have gone on to earn an MA.
ABL welcomes teachers from all disciplines. Most come from U.S. urban centers, but the workshop also draws teachers from Native American reservations, rural schools, community organizations, and, internationally, from India, Kenya, and South Africa. The program, funded by contributions from individuals, foundations, schools, and school systems, is cost-free to participants; the funding is usually reserved for specific school districts, for which ABL has been able to secure funding.
To learn more about Andover Bread Loaf and for application information for the 2014 session, click here.
Bread Loaf and ABL alumni Patricia Echessa-Kariuki and David Wandera, two Kenyan teachers, have run workshops for Nairobi teachers and students for over five years. Over the years Bread Loaf has developed similar relationships with teachers in South Africa, India, and Pakistan.