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Saturday, May 15 • 10:15am - 11:15am
TEACHER TRACK: Teaching Anti-Racist Poetry

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In this workshop, participants will explore anti-racist pedagogy through poetry. After defining terms, the time will be spent reading poetry from a variety of sources (mostly living BIPOC authors) and participating in analysis and discussion activities geared towards high school language arts classrooms. This workshop targets high school language arts teachers looking for ways to engage their classroom communities with honesty, vulnerability, and bravery. Participants will leave with a governing philosophy (“if not my class, then where?”),a classroom-ready packet of poems, and instructional ideas.

The Teacher Track is a special series of four sessions specifically targeting teachers and poet-educators interested in learning more about poetry pedagogy. These sessions will serve as the first part of Mass Poetry’s annual teacher training programming. To participate in the Teacher Track, Festival ticket holders must attend all four sessions. Participation accrues four hours towards PDPs by the MA Department of Education or a Mass Poetry certificate—the remaining six hours of training required to award PDPs or certificates will be offered this summer at a mutually agreed-upon time.

Link to recording: https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/play/K85wWDoqDrvsG8NvcGpyO20ZBFQboFEwGFEcG6Ka76wPcPh_wH1KrVNdD_zEZqWI8qSgY7izAhJ1tPqO.6lAZI9BLCysJuQHu?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=3g7xqCGXTgKVqmfWNtj7Ag.1621092852562.7a25a697a7365be2f015dbd2f341948e&_x_zm_rhtaid=100

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Matthew E. Henry

Matthew E. Henry (MEH) is the author of the chapbooks Teaching While Black (Main Street Rag, 2020) and Dust and Ashes (Californios Press, 2020), and his full-length collection, the Colored page, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2022. The editor-in-chief of The Weight... Read More →

Saturday May 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT