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The Academy of American Poets Announces: Teach This Poem

By Harriet Staff

Attention teachers, who are also poetry-lovers! This September, the Academy of American Poets is launching "Teach This Poem." The new initiative is an on-going, daily, subscription-based series modeled after the organization's popular "Poem-A-Day" series designed to assist K-12 teachers with incorporating poetry into everyday classroom curriculum. More, via AAP:

Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This Poem will feature one poem a week from our online poetry collection, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities designed to help teachers quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom. The series is curated by our Educator in Residence, Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer, and will be available for free via email beginning September 2, 2015.

“The Academy of American Poets has provided resources to teachers for more than fifty years. With Teach This Poem, we’re responding to the two things we’ve heard from K-12 teachers consistently this past year—they appreciate the lesson plans we make available on Poets.org, and they’d love a version of Poem-a-Day to share with their diverse students,” said Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets.


Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer is the former Educational Development Director and Program Development Director at Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education. Prior to that, she was Director of Arts in Education at the New York State Council on the Arts. Beginning September 2015, Dr. Holzer will be a visiting scholar at the Creativity Commons at Lesley University. She holds an Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an MA in English with a concentration in creative writing from New York University.

The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s largest member-supported non-profit organization advocating for poets and poetry. The organization produces Poets.org, National Poetry Month, the popular Poem-a-Day series, American Poets magazine, resources for K-12 educators, an annual series of poetry read-ings and special events, and awards the American Poets Prizes.

Sign up for Teach This Poem and learn more at the Academy of American Poets.

Originally Published: August 19th, 2015
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