High school teachers play leadership roles in helping identify conflict and managing student dynamics in and out of the classroom. At the Bread Loaf School of English (BLSE), we have launched a new curriculum: Teaching, Writing, and Acting for Change. The “Change” courses put storytelling at the center of the process of understanding and promoting positive social change, and teachers take these new tools back to their classrooms.

Through these new courses, Change Action Grants for teachers, and new investment in the NextGen teacher network, we seek to equip high school students with civic skills to understand and address the conflicts that arise in a diverse society.

Select projects in 2023

  • Youth and mentors in the BLTN NextGen network are developing projects in Santa Fe, NM, Maryland, and Vermont. New awards will be announced this fall to support additional projects.
  • A new “Winter Institute” in February 2024, offering professional development for teachers focused on the Change curriculum. Learn more here.
  • Many talks and workshops were held on the Bread Loaf campus this summer, including Hillary Mullins, Marc Wennberg, Joseph Kaifala, and James Sanchez.


Emily Bartels, Director, Bread Loaf School of English