“Poetry Out Loud” teacher training workshops in Cleveland and Columbus

The Ohio Arts Council presents two free workshops for Ohio high school teachers with schools registered for 2014-15 Poetry Out Loud (POL); you can register your school here.POL2014_color

POL is a national recitation contest for high school students who memorize and perform classical and contemporary poetry. For more information, visit poetryoutloud.org.

At the workshops, talented poets and educators will share their expertise on using POL in the classroom and school, including how to engage students and coach them toward their best performance.

Columbus Workshop:
Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
State Library of Ohio
274 East First Ave

Workshop leaders are Lynn Taylor and Dionne Custer Edwards. Ms. Taylor, an English teacher at Centennial High School in Columbus, taught Lake Wilburn, the 2014 Ohio state champion who was first runner up at the national POL contest last April. Ms. Edwards is a Columbus poet and award-winning arts educator.

Cleveland Workshop:
Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library
1962 Stokes Blvd

Workshop leaders are Jeanette Flood, longtime POL lead teacher at the Lyceum, and noted Ohio poets Rose Smith and Ray McNiece.

For questions or to sign up for a workshop, contact Katie Swett, POL‘s state project coordinator at 614/728-4481 or by email. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, with local assistance from the Ohioana Library, Thurber House, and the Ohio Center for the Book.


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