Workshops & Professional Development

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) provides school-based and after-school writing programs led by professional writers for K-12 students, professional development workshops for teachers and administrators, and writing workshops for young people and adults at community sites. Click here to learn more.   School-Based Residencies During a T&W program, students work closely with a professional writer….

NY Poetry Out Loud

What is Poetry Out Loud? Poetry Out Loud (POL), an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  Students in grades 9 – 12 memorize and recite poems in local, regional and…

Poems by Soad

Vanessa Casco, teacher Assignment: Students read The BreakBeat Poets Poets Anthology and chose a poem to inspire them to create new work. Day 2 Poemby Soad This, we block and ignoreThis, we are blind to. The world has swallowed itself into rage and hate. Into warThis, where the jokes end.This, where the little boys are…

Dear America

by Matt Malyon The day after the 2016 election, I was scheduled to facilitate a creative writing workshop at our site in Skagit County Juvenile Detention. I’d awoken that morning into what felt like a new and darker version of America. Deep melancholy would be putting it mildly. By midmorning, I was working on the…

Resentments

By Rebecca Rikleen Rebecca Rikleen has been in the Writing from Life Experience Workshop at Morningside Retirement and Health Services for well over two decades. In recent years, she has begun writing about her aging, health, and struggles to keep alive her many interests in traveling around New York City. The Writing from Life Experience…

“Where I’m From” Poems

Assignment: Students used their personal histories and along with their poetic voice to create image-driven poems based on where they are from, who they are, and who they want to become. —Emily James, teacher Where I’m Fromby Mikayla I am from Harman Streetfrom the family everyone knows,the part of Brooklyn not everyone likes.The warm hugs…

Collaborative Students, Collaborative Teachers

by Ethan Victor At Bronx Park Middle School (BPMS) in the East Bronx, students are encouraged to communicate and be creative. Aided by teaching artists and using exploratory and alternative styles of thinking and lesson plans to support writing with imagery and vision, students are pushed toward developing writing skills. This emphasis directly follows Bronx…

Exploring Candidates and Campaigning

by Jessie Paddock Objectives: Students will: Engage in close reading of tweets by 2020 presidential candidates. Consider the importance of evidence and action as the next steps of a protest. Expand protest signs to serve as pillars of an imaginary election campaign or use protest signs as an inspiration for a short piece of fiction…

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