Upcoming Professional Development Teacher In-Service Workshop
The Positive Power of Poetry: New Approaches to Literacy, Reading Comprehension & Core Curriculum Instruction
Friday, Februrary 11, 2011
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
The University of Illinois at Chicago
800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607-7017
In a collaborative sponsorship among Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the Public Square/Illinois Humanities Council, Young Chicago Authors, Guild Complex, and Teachers & Writers Collaborative, this afternoon in-service workshop will offer participants innovative approaches and activities to incorporate poetry as a learning tool in K-12 classrooms as well as in afterschool and community-based programs. Based on pedagogy from their new book (cited below), the facilitators of this workshop will focus on literacy initiatives, increased reading comprehension strategies, addressing social studies curriculum, and issues of social justice through the creative medium of poetry while incorporating the remarkable facilities of the Hull-House Museum. Many of these elements may be applicable to School Improvement Plans in addressing general literacy and overall student achievement.
Quraysh Ali Lansana & Georgia A. Popoff, authors of Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community, Teachers & Writers Collaborative/NYC, January 2011.
Principals, Literacy Coaches, Library Media Specialists, Reading/Language Arts Teachers, English Department Chairs, Reading Specialists & Teaching Artists in the K-12 Classroom
The workshop is free of charge and lunch will be provided. CPDU credits will be available through the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Copies of the facilitators’ book will be available for sale at $19.95 each.
Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of five poetry books, a children's book, and editor of seven anthologies. He is Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where he is also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing. A former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and a former Reading/Language Arts editor for three of the nation’s largest educational publishers, Lansana has been a literary teaching artist and curriculum developer for two decades.
Georgia A. Popoff is a poet with two published collections of poetry, a teaching artist, arts-in-education professional development specialist, managing editor of Comstock Review, Downtown Writer’s Center faculty member, and former board member of the Association of Teaching Artists. Georgia is Poet-in-Residence in numerous school districts and teaches adult writing workshops.
Praise for Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community:
“I dove into Our Difficult Sunlight as a colleague, eager to exercise in the refreshing intelligence and heart of Popoff and Lansana—hoping to discover new teaching approaches, new tools to open up literacy and redress cultural inequity, renewed excitement about the power of art. I got all that and more in the generous, abundant, fierce gifts that fill every page. However, I completed my first swim through their sea renewed as an artist myself, eager to apply my own hand and voice to the fundamental act of making things that matter. After a career spent in developing the field of teaching artistry, I found myself humbled and honored to be considered a colleague of teaching artists who bring mastery of artistic and learning processes together in such a beautiful and effective way.”
author of The Music Teaching Artist's Bible and
The Everyday Work of Art, international arts learning consultant