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BLTN at 20: Encouraging and Celebrating Learning

Professor and Bread Loaf Teacher Network Director, Dixie Goswami describes the fundamentals of the network: Celebrating 20 Years of Inside and Outside Support —by Dixie Goswami, Professor and Bread Loaf Teacher Network Director, Bread Loaf School of English Editor’s note: Learn more from Ms. Goswami about the intellectual history of the network in a longer

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"Prospect and Retrospect," the theme of the second issue of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network Journal, marks the 20th anniversary of the network.  As Dixie Goswami notes in her piece acknowledging James Britton's contribution to spirit and substance of BLTN, we hope the issue evokes Britton's hope for "the future of the profession, the increasing recognition of the individual student’s needs and intentions, the centrality of humanistic education, and the role of the imagination, especially in turbulent times." Faculty contributions to the issue by Bread Loaf School of English Director Emily Bartels, Associate Director Django Paris, and Professor Michael Armstrong frame the theme in the broader context of study at Bread Loaf, while pieces by Professor Andrea Lunsford and Dr. Jim Sabin look forward to engaging new literacies, and teaching English through the lens of ethics. Don't miss the two video interviews with BLTN Director Dixie Goswami. With her characteristic graciousness and incisiveness, she tells about the enduring theory guiding the network,  and she challenges students and teachers to lead us to embrace critical media literacy.

The pieces by BLTN teachers speak to the enduring and innovative aspects of career-long professional education, a process that begins with teacher study at Bread Loaf, that often moves to collaboration, and--time after time--transforms the work and lives of teachers and students. Look to the profiles of BLTN teachers as leaders, study the whirlwind grass-roots school reform work of BLTN teachers at Andover Bread Loaf, listen to the inspired voices of teacher Debbie Alcorn's spoken word poets, or Brent Ashley 's new media authors, and join the Navajo-Kentuckians for an intercultural literary feast. Then engage with these teachers and their students. Leave comments, contribute your ideas, and sign up for email notifications as we add updates between issues.

Special thanks to Chris Benson, longtime BLTN Magazine editor and Senior Lecturer of English at Clemson University, for his editorial assistance with this issue.

-Tom McKenna, BLTN Director of Communications

The Bread Loaf Teacher Network digital journal, published semi-annually,  is made possible by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. This issue is co-edited by Tom McKenna, BLTN Director of Communications, and Chris Benson, Senior Lecturer of English at Clemson University. Bread Loaf Teacher Network Director Dixie Goswami provides the guiding vision for the network and its digital initiatives. Contact Dixie Goswami or Tom McKenna for more information or to submit content for upcoming issues.
Of the many things that make the Bread Loaf School of English unique is the fact that, for anyone who is interested, it comes with a highly dynamic professional development network: the Bread Loaf Teacher Network. Nowhere else that I know is graduate study in English linked to teacher practice and research in a way that does not merely trickle down into K-12 classrooms but also, rather, transforms them. And nowhere else is the reciprocal effect so potent. BLTN teachers not only incorporate what they are learning in Bread Loaf classes about Shakespeare, Toni Morrison, Simon Ortiz, Italo Calvino into their own pedagogies; they bring their pedagogical visions to bear on Shakespeare, Morrison, Ortiz, Calvino, asking questions from a teacher’s as well as scholar’s point of view, with the goal of bringing both texts and teaching to life in compelling and original ways. If at Bread Loaf literature is the food of love, teaching is the music: at Bread Loaf, students write, read, perform, imagine, and teach their ways through texts. As the publications in this journal will show, the Bread Loaf Teacher Network provides a structure for innovative teacher-research and practice in K-12 schools across the country; BLTN also provides a prompt for innovative graduate study at Bread Loaf. What is Bread Loaf to BLTN, BLTN to Bread Loaf? Everything. Emily C. Bartels Director, BLSE

Faculty Notes

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Reading the World

—by Emily C. Bartels, BLSE Director  From its inception, the Bread Loaf Teacher Network has emphasized two things as vital to the digital writing projects its members undertake in their classrooms: one, the power of engaging students from different schools and cultures in critical dialogues about themselves and what they’re reading; and two, the grounding

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The Pedagogy of the Imagination: Professor Michael Armstrong

—by Tom McKenna BLTN Director of Communications, BLSE 1996   In a recent Middlebury Magazine clip featuring Bread Loaf courses that excited students, it’s hard to miss the sparkle in people’s eyes as they attest to loving Professor Michael Armstrong’s classes (“The Fantastic and the Marvelous: Exploring the Fictional Worlds of Italo Calvino” and “Describing

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Associate Director of BLSE

What Does It Mean to Be an English Teacher and Student?

—by Django Paris, Michigan State University; Associate Director, BLSE This piece is adapted from remarks at the BLSE Vermont Opening Ceremonies, June 24, 2013. One of the things I most cherish about Bread Loaf is that so many of us—faculty and students alike—are English teachers. We teach the discipline English as our chosen vocation. I’ve

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Campus News

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2013 Digital Media and Youth Action Workshops Inform BLTN

—by Sandy LeGault, Director of Admissions  This past summer saw an unprecedented level of BLTN activity at all Bread Loaf campuses. Students attended the weekly BLTN meetings in unprecedented numbers, and teachers from public and private schools, teaching at every grade level, made connections that will continue into the school year. All current and former Bread

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News from Vermont: Summer 2013

—by Debbie Alcorn, 2013 BLTN Coordinator, Bread Loaf/Vermont The Vermont BL Campus has been hopping this summer! There have been more guest speakers, readers, and workshops this summer than ever before, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of  The Bread Loaf Teacher Network. Guest readers included Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey, poet and activist

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News from Oxford: Summer 2013

—by Paul Barnwell, 2013 BLTN Coordinator, Bread Loaf/Oxford Though thousands of miles from their students and their jobs as teachers, members of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network at Oxford, England, maintained a steady presence at Lincoln College during the summer. Highlights included engaging presentations by veteran BLTN members Chris Moore (OH) and Susannah Kilbourne (KY),

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BLTN Teachers

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BLTN at 20: Encouraging and Celebrating Learning

Professor and Bread Loaf Teacher Network Director, Dixie Goswami describes the fundamentals of the network: Celebrating 20 Years of Inside and Outside Support —by Dixie Goswami, Professor and Bread Loaf Teacher Network Director, Bread Loaf School of English Editor’s note: Learn more from Ms. Goswami about the intellectual history of the network in a longer

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A Year with Andover Bread Loaf

—by Lou Bernieri Director of Andover Bread Loaf   Browse Andover Bread Loaf’s interactive timeline. Hover over each slide for a description.  Andover Bread Loaf’s three summer workshops for teachers and students are the culmination of work done in the previous school year and the springboard for work that will be done in the new

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Poetic Justice at Northern High School: Students Find Voice in Spoken Word Poetry

—by Debbie Alcorn, English and Creative Writing Teacher Northern High School, Durham, NC BLSE, 2011; M.Litt., 2016 I teach because I love to learn. I spend my summers at the Bread Loaf School of English, pursuing an M.Litt. degree in English; year-round I’m a member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network (BLTN), which connects me

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