Posted January 14, 2013
With shouts of "Hooray for Bread Loaf!," students at Northern High School in Durham, North Carolina recently participated in poetry workshops that connected BLTN Lawrence with BLTN Durham. Running a series of five different sessions during the course of one Saturday in mid-December, Debbie Alcorn (MA '11, current MLitt student) and Rich Gorham (MA '01), along with fellow teacher Mery Lizardo, poet Kane Smego, and recent Northern graduates Naima Marshall and Erik Aus, met with students who were energized about writing and unafraid to share. Sessions focused on performance, the theme of identity, and using tools such as music and poetry to write original compositions.
In September, teachers at the Santa Fe Indian School met with Bread Loaf faculty member Cheryl Glenn and Bread Loaf graduate Ceci Lewis (MA '99) for an intensive three-day workshop to develop inventive pedagogical techniques to support the school’s writing-across-the-curriculum initiative. Focusing on the similarities and differences between writing to learn and writing to communicate, attendants engaged enthusiastically in writing activities, problem-solving, and question-and-answer sessions.
The workshops in both Durham and Santa Fe were sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.
As a ground-breaking vehicle for digital professional development and connected, collaborative learning, the Bread Loaf Teacher Network has advanced emerging technologies and innovative practices for public school teachers since its inception in 1993. Recognized for its unique position to promote digital teaching and learning through its dynamic support network, the Bread Loaf School of English and BLTN have been awarded a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation to support BLTN’s outreach in typically underserved schools. Over the course of two years, Bread Loaf will be able to support more workshops such as the ones offered in Durham and Santa Fe, expanding BLTN’s mission, reach, and accessibility exponentially.