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Commission on the Teaching of Poetry - Previous Revision

Commission Co-Chairs:

Danny Wade, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
Bonner Slayton, Moore-Norman Technology Center, Norman, Oklahoma

Commission Website Contact:

Sue Weinstein, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Commission Liaison:

Michael Moore, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro

  1. To promote the teaching of poetry across all curriculums.
  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. Ongoing call for submissions of poetry and poetry resources to be displayed in the CEE-Commission on the Teaching of Poetry Writing Gallery as a component of NCTE’s National Day on Writing to be held on October 20, 2009.
         Please help celebrate the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry by submitting original poems or poetry resources to the NCTE-CEE Commission on the Teaching of Poetry Writing Gallery. For more information on the submission process, please see the Commission's flyer. Also, please share the flyer with your students and colleagues.
  2. Conduct a round table session at the 2009 NCTE Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA.   
         The theme for the 2009 NCTE Annual Convention in Philadelphia is Once and Future Classics: Reading Between the Lines. In this roundtable session, titled The Poem that Was a Thinker: Reclaiming 21st Century Students Through Poetry, presenters will demonstrate how they utilize classical and contemporary poems to stimulate student thinking.  The session will take place on November 21st from 4:15-5:30 in the Convention Center, Room 204 C, Level 2. 
  3. Book Proposal
         The book will be an edited collection focusing on poetry educators - classroom teachers, teaching artists, and others who teach poetry to youth of middle school or high school age. For each contributor, the book would feature a poem the contributor has written about the experience of working with youth, a first person reflection on the experience of being a teacher of poetry, and a favorite workshop/lesson plan that includes student work that came out of the workshop/lesson. The book will include an introduction that discusses the current state of poetry education and an appendix listing programs and venues around the country that focus on youth poetry.  
         Sue Weinsten, Louisiana State University, will prepare a call for submissions. Throughout 2009 and at the 2009 CEE meeting, participants will review submissions and develop a plan of presentation.  Those who are interested in submitting, please send submissions to Sue Weinstein at or
  4. Develop a more up to date and interactive commission webpage.
    The Commission will work to design a more interactive web page that will include various poetry links, discussion groups, and multimedia content.  Please send your ideas to the commission website contact, Sue Weinstein, Louisiana State University,
  5. Continue compiling poetry lesson plans to recommend to teachers fearful of teaching poetry.  
         The Poetry Commission is compiling lessons for teachers who are fearful of teaching poetry. Interested persons, regardless of membership in the Poetry Commission, should email lessons to Danny Wade at  Please send as a Word document.  There is no required format.

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