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Poetry & Language Arts 

About.com Guide to Poetry
 About.com's poetry page administered by Bob Holman and Margery Snyder. Includes history, biographies, announcements, reviews, related sites, a forum, and more.
American Collection Educators' Site
 A great teacher resource site that houses an extensive video catalog, curriculum recommendations from teachers striving for excellence in the classroom, a literary map and more.
American Verse Project
 A collaboration between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative and the University of Michigan Press that is working to develop a comprehensive archive of American poetry prior to 1920.
Community~Word Project
 The Community-Word Project is a not-for-profit New York City-based arts-in-education literacy program.
Favorite Poem Project
 A program developed by former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, features video of Americans reciting their favorite poems. Also offers teaching ideas from instructors who have incorporated the program into their classrooms.
Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program
 Information on the Dodge Poetry Program, geared towards helping high school teachers bring poetry to the classroom, as well as information on the biennieal Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey.
Global SchoolNet
 Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century, brain-friendly learning, and improve academic performance through content-driven collaboration. Includes poetry curriculum suitable for grades 9 through 12.
Glossary of Poetic Terms
 Extensive glossary from the University of Toronto covering a broad range of definitions and examples.
Handbook of Terms for Discussing Poetry
 A small site created by a professor and students from his "Introduction to Poetry" class. Covers figurative language and rhythm and meter, among others.
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Literature and Language Arts
 Site developed by Kathy Schrock, District Technology Department Head for the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District on Cape Cod, MA, in conjunction with Discovery.com. This site offers lesson plans, a glossary builder, and many other tools for the classroom.
Modern American Poetry
 A site offering information on modern American poets and poems, including close readings of poems, biographical information on poets, historical background, essays, and more.
Perspectives in American Literature
 A site featuring literary biographies and extensive bibliographies for more than 240 American authors.
Poetry Class
 A British site containing suggestions for working imaginatively with poetry in the classroom. Includes brief curricula by poets with teaching experience and an extensive list of poetry-related links.
Poet's Corner
 A vast site that houses author, title and subject indexes, biographies, photographs and more.
Representative Poetry Online
 University of Toronto's English Department website. Includes a large, searchable database of poets and poems, an extensive poetic terms glossary, as well as various critical essays.
SUNY Buffalo's Electronic Poetry Center
 Showcases poems integrating technology; these poems include graphics, hyperlinks within text, and innovative uses of other contemporary technologies. A good source for ideas on how to integrate technology into your poetry curriculum.
Poetry Curricula & Curricula Resources 

 

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
 A unique international, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of professional educators whose jobs cross all grade levels and subject areas, ASCD's mission is to forge covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners.
Blackboard
 This site allows teachers to create an online course website. Create a website where your students can access their assignments, grades, links chosen by you, discussion forums, and announcements.
Classroom Poetry Kit
 HarperCollins Children's Books presents a Classroom Poetry Kit with curriculum-focused teaching materials that are based on the poetry of Shel Silverstein and are geared to children of all ages.
The Close Reading of Poetry
 Designed for high school and college freshmen, this informative guide "walks" students through the process of closely reading a poem while asking questions and providing key definitions.
EdSITEment Literature and Language Arts
 Offers lesson plans and an extensive list of links to other high quality education websites.
Favorite Poem Project
 A program developed by former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, features video of Americans reciting their favorite poems. Also offers teaching ideas from instructors who have incorporated the program into their classrooms.
Fooling with Words
 A site built by pbs.org to detail "Fooling with Words," the 2000 Grace Dodge Poetry Festival documentary made for young readers of poetry. The site includes a Teacher's Guide, three lesson plans, audio clips and poems from each of the festival's featured poets.
Global SchoolNet
 Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century, brain-friendly learning, and improve academic performance through content-driven collaboration. Includes poetry curriculum suitable for grades 9 through 12.
New York City Board of Education Teaching & Learning Curriculum Support Websites
 Provides a substantial list of links to curriculum, resource guides, information on the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and more.
Poetry 180
 A poem a day for American high schools. Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins' education initiative which includes a poem for each day of the academic year.

 

Writers in the Schools Programs 

 

Alaska State Council on the Arts
 Teachers may apply for matching funds grants for a writer residency.
Arizona Commission on the Arts
 Teachers may apply for a matching grant for two- to four-week writer residencies.
Arkansas Writers in the Schools Program
 A Writers in the Schools program overseen by the University of Arkansas and staffed by graduate students from that institution.
California Poets in the Schools
 A writers-in-the-schools program that provides workshops taught by published poets to rural and urban communities.
Delaware Division of the Arts
 A literature residency can be obtained via a Project Support or Opportunity grant.
District of Columbia Commission on the Arts & Humanities
 Writers residencies can be organized by applying for The Arts Education Project Grant.
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
 Writer and artist residencies can be arranged by contacting the Division of Cultural Affairs, located at bottom of page.
Georgia Council for the Arts
 Georgia's Artists-in-Education program will provide matching funds for up to $475 per week.
Idaho Commission on the Arts
 Offers Creative Writing and other arts residencies.
The Cabin
 A Literary Center in Idaho that, among other literary endeavors, runs a Writers in the Schools (WITS) program.
Illinois Arts Council
 Provides residencies lasting from one to six months through their Arts in Education program.
University of Evansville WITS Program
 University of Evansville trains groups of undergraduates to participate in a Writers in the Schools program serving Indiana.
Iowa Arts Council
 Funding for writing residencies can be applied for through their Arts in Education program.
Kentucky Arts Council
 Awards from $2,325 to $5,760 for Literary Arts and other arts residencies.
Louisiana Division of the Arts
 Offers Literature residencies through its Artists in the Classroom program.
Maine Arts Commission
 Offers matching grants of up to $8000 for residencies and other education programs.
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
 A group of Maine publishers and writers dedicated to supporting literature in Maine, with a history of some school residency programs. Contact directly.
Maryland State Arts Council
 Offering a literary artist-in-residence program.
Michigan Creative Writers in Schools
 ArtServe Michigan funding to schools for short, in-school residences of creative writers throughout the state.
Minnesota State Arts Board
 Offers the Arts in Education School Support grant program, a matching grant for artist residencies.
Community Programs in the Arts
 Minnesota's largest residency program.
Missouri Alliance for Arts Education
 Offers language arts residencies.
Montana Arts Council
 Will provide up to two-thirds compensation for a Literary Arts residency.
Nebraska Arts Council
 Offers over $2000 through its Artists in Schools/Communities Residency Sponsor Grants.
Nevada Arts Council
 Offers an Artist in Residence (AIR) program for Literature.
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
 Short-term residencies concentrate on prose, poetry and playwriting with Council funds providing the artist's fee.
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
 Creator and pioneer of the Writers in the Classroom model, T&W is available to New York teachers.
North Dakota Council on the Arts
 Offers grants for up to 50% of a writer's residency fee.
Ohio Arts Council
 Offering residencies in all of the arts.
Oklahoma Arts Council
 Offering financial assistance for schools desiring an artist in residence.
Oregon Arts Commission
 Assists in facilitating artist residencies by creating regional partnerships.
Oregon Writers in the Schools Program
 Offering up to twelve residencies to Portland area schools.
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
 Offers residency grants of up to 50% of artist's residency fee.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
 RISCA's current education program offers a Request for Proposals that will respond to artist residencies.
South Carolina Arts Commission
 Offers "Residency-Plus" grants, providing for required artist resident labs, as well as additional class time, to be directed by the teacher.
South Dakota Arts Council
 Offering an artist-in-residence program.
Tennessee Arts Commission
 Offering grants for artist residencies, teacher training and special projects.
Texas Writers in the Schools Program
 A Texas-based program bringing writers to primarily at-risk, urban schools, but offering their services and various programs to most interested teachers.
Virginia Commission for the Arts
 Provides financial assistance to teachers seeking artist residencies.
Washington State Arts Commission
 Offers residency grants to bring writers and artists into the classroom.
Seattle Arts & Lectures WITS Program
 Seattle Arts & Lectures offers long-term and day-long residencies.
West Virginia Commission on the Arts
 Email the commission directly for a copy of the Arts in Education Artist Directory and Program Guide necessary to apply for up to 50% in financial assistance for an artist residency.
Wyoming Arts Council
 Offers three major arts in education grants: AIE Shortform, AIE Project, and Art is Essential. Artist residencies can be funded using these grants.

Education Technology

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
 Educational and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of learning and teaching at all levels with information technology. Find out about conferences, projects, grants and publications.
Center for Children and Technology
 CCT, founded at Bank Street College of Education in 1981 and now a division of the Education Development Center, CCT aims to improve education by altering the circumstances of teaching and learning through collaboration. An Online Poetry Classroom partner, CCT will develop evaluation strategies for the program.
The Center for Digital Education
 The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. 
e-Learn
 Set of free web-based tools created by educators and educational experts to develop the way K-12 teachers teach, learn, and stay informed. 
eSchool News Online
 A frequently updated site hosting daily news headlines, career and funding centers, technology forums, and suggestions for renowned educational publications.
Harvard Project Zero
 An educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that has created the Active Learning Practices for Schools (ALPS) program as well.
Institute for Learning Technologies
 ILT, a division of Columbia University's Teachers College, aims to nurture, in a sustained manner, the humane application of information technologies, expanding educational opportunity and achievement. An Online Poetry Classroom partner organization, ILT hosts the Summer Institutes and develops and leads technology workshops for Summer Institute Teaching Fellows and Resident Poets.
Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments
 An online jounal with essays focusing on technology in classrooms.
Sarabande in Education
 Commercial site with the goal of furthering today's small presses. Offers special online features if a Sarabande book is being taught in the classroom.
Voice of the Shuttle: Teaching Resources
 An extensive list of teaching resources on the web listed by topic and including Literature. Also contains a special list of technology-related links.

Online Teaching Tools

Blackboard
 This site allows teachers to create an online course website. Create a website where your students can access their assignments, grades, links chosen by you, discussion forums, and announcements.
TeacherWeb
 A site allowing teachers to create webpages for use in the classroom.
e-Learn
 Set of free web-based tools created by educators and educational experts to develop the way K-12 teachers teach, learn, and stay informed. 
ThinkWave
 Commercial site offering management software for teachers.
TrackStar
 An online interface that helps instructors organize and annotate websites into lessons.

Government Resources

American School Directory
 Internet guide to 108,000 K-12 schools, providing information, communication and payment tools for teachers, students, parents, local communities and families planning a move.
Arts Education Policies in the States
 A searchable database, organized by state, primary topics and keywords to search for education policies, contacts and resource links.
ERIC: The Educational Resources Information Center
 ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center, a federally-funded national information system that provides, through its 16 subject-specific clearinghouses, associated adjunct clearinghouses, and support components, a variety of services and products on a broad range of education-related issues. AskERIC is a personalized Internet-based service providing education information to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, parents, and anyone interested in education throughout the United States and the world.
National Center for Education Statistics
 Federal entity responsible for collecting and analyzing educational data.
United States Department of Education
 Contains general information on funding, recent research reports, programs, news, events, publications, and more.

Conferences, Workshops & Festivals

Fooling with Words
 A site built by pbs.org to detail "Fooling with Words," the 2000 Grace Dodge Poetry Festival documentary made for young readers of poetry. The site includes a Teacher's Guide, three lesson plans, audio clips and poems from each of the festival's featured poets.
The Frost Place
 The Frost Place is host to a series of festivals and conferences. The website provides details for each of these events, including "The Conference on Poetry and Teaching." The website also provides particulars on visiting the Frost House museum (Frost's farm) in New Hampshire.
Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival
 Information on the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, held in New Jersey. Information can also be found on the Dodge Poetry Program, geared towards helping high school teachers bring poetry to the classroom.
The Institute for Writing and Thinking
 Summer one-day and weekend workshops for development in writing in all subjects held on the Bard College campus in upstate New York.
Key West Literary Seminar
 The Seminar strives to preserve literary heritage by promoting dialogue among writers, scholars, and readers at its annual January seminar and through readings, writing workshops and literary walking tours throughout the year.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York
 The Learning section of MoMA's website. Includes information on professional development workshops, student classes, The Visual Thinking Curriculum and more.
The National Council of Teachers of English
 NCTE's convention page, housing information on upcoming seasonal and annual conventions.

Professional Development

The Association of American Educators
 The AAE is a nonprofit, national professional association that advocates for America's educators.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
 A unique international, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of professional educators whose jobs cross all grade levels and subject areas, ASCD's mission is to forge covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners.
Bread Loaf School of English
 Four summer degree and non-degree graduate programs in English, held in four different locations around the country and abroad. These programs are attended primarily by middle and high school teachers of English.
Bread Loaf Teacher Network
Educause
 Education and Information Technology.
The Frost Place
 The Frost Place is host to a series of festivals and conferences. The website provides details for each of these events, including "The Conference on Poetry and Teaching." The website also provides particulars on visiting the Frost House museum (Frost's farm) in New Hampshire.
The Institute for Writing and Thinking
 Summer one-day and weekend workshops for development in writing in all subjects held on the Bard College campus in upstate New York.
Museum of Modern Art in New York
 The Learning section of MoMA's website. Includes information on professional development workshops, student classes, The Visual Thinking Curriculum and more.
National Council of Teachers of English
 The NTCE site offers responses to current education topics, teaching ideas, email lists, suggested publications and books (published by NCTE), and event notices.
National Education Association
 Tracks current news in education, offers suggestions on improving teaching strategies, audio and video files and many more teacher resources.
United Federation of Teachers
 Teacher resource site containing sections for political action, current news, links and more.