Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program’s National Recitation Contest, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, begins at the classroom level. Classroom winners advance to a schoolwide competition, then to regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals. States hold their competitions in mid-March; the National Finals are held between April 23 and 25, 2018, at George Washington University. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, plus $200 for his or her school. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
Deadlines: Vary by state; states hold their competitions by mid-March. Following the state finals, the National Finals will be held in Washington, DC, April 23–25, 2018.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
The Walters Art Museum in Maryland offers freeIntegrating the Arts activities that are ideal for visual arts teachers who want to integrate the arts into other disciplines or for non-arts teachers who want to venture into the world of art.
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, a three-part adaptation of Little Women premiered on PBS MASTERPIECE on May 13. Loved by generations worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story.