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Commission on the Teaching of Poetry

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Attend the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta in November. Commissions will meet on Friday, November 18 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. and Saturday, November 19 from 2:45-4:00 p.m. (rooms yet to be assigned) and join our discussions!

Commission Co-Chairs:
Bonner Slayton, Moore-Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK
Danny Wade, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

Commission Liaison:
Robert Petrone, Montana State University Bozeman


  1. To promote the teaching of poetry across all curriculum.
  2. To examine, suggest, and promote innovative ways of teaching and responding to poetry.
  3. To establish a culture and community for the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry.

Current Projects:

  1. The Poetry Commission is proposing a roundtable session for the 2017 NCTE Annual Convention in St. Louis.
  2. The Commission continues to compile poetry lessons designed for teachers who are fearful of poetry. These lessons are disseminated at conferences and upon request. Interested persons, regardless of membership in the Poetry Commission, should email lessons to Danny Wade. Please send as a Word document. There is no required format.

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