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.
Better World Books is looking for libraries and nonprofit organizations with “Game Changing” ideas that help to advance a compelling literacy project. In addition to working with international nonprofit groups such as Room to Read and Books for Africa, Better World Books funds community-focused projects that have an impact at the local level.
An all-in-one reference tool, Word Hippo defines a word, suggests words that are similar or opposite in meaning, pronounces the word, offers rhyming words, presents the word in different contexts, and translates the word from English into French, Italian, Spanish, or German.
Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is offering two-week, online professional development workshops for preK–12 educators. The workshops each explore a key concept or practice of particular relevance for today’s educators and are grounded in day-to-day teaching and leadership practice.