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Unequal Education Revisited: A Dialogue with Steve Goodman

On July 18, 2014 Steve Goodman of Educational Video Center (EVC)  in New York visited Bread Loaf’s Vermont campus to share some of the work and methods of EVC youth in developing provocative and thoughtful documentary videos. Following his visit, Steve invites us to join him here in an online dialogue about the final work he

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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 Sheri Skelton, M.A. '97, English Teacher at White Mountain, AK and longtime Bread Loaf Teacher Network member. Dixie Goswami, BLTN Director, 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

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Bringing it Back: Educating for Social Change

Chris McCurry, Nell Whitman, and the other contributors to this issue claim that conversations initiated while studying at Bread Loaf and continued online are at the heart of BLTN. Diverse in its members’ opinions, cultures and experiences, BLTN exists within the traditions of the Bread Loaf School of English, an institution that provides education in British,

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Imagination, Idealism, and Compassion: Lawrence Family Literacy Nights

Here’s what happened when Lou Bernieri and a core group of about twenty Lawrence Bread Loaf teachers expanded their work with English / Language Arts teachers to include students and community organizations:  In a city with a population of about 73,000,  the Andover Bread Loaf / Lawrence BLTN partnership is now reaching about 6,000 public

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Secretary Duncan Thanks BLTN’s Rich Gorham

During Teacher Appreciation Week this year, Secretary Arne Duncan called Rich Gorham to thank him for his work in the Lawrence Public Schools and with Andover Bread Loaf (ABL) and its international outreach work in Haiti and Pakistan. Rich was one of only a handful of teachers to receive “Courage Calls,” in a year when

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Campus News

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Vermont BLTN Receives Gift of Support

The Bread Loaf School of English has received a gift of support for the Vermont Bread Loaf Teacher Network, which will bring together a diverse group of outstanding Vermont teachers committed to social change and community revitalization through education and collaboration. Through a combination of fellowships for two years of the teachers’ study at Bread

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Student-Centered at Santa Fe Indian School: Writing Center Anchors Collaboration

by Susan Miera and Jennifer Guerin “My dream is that every classroom can become a writing center in its own right.” Those words have played and replayed themselves in my head a million times over the past year. In September 2012, the Santa Fe Indian School, Write to Change, and Bread Loaf School of English

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A Story of Numbers: The Ken Macrorie Writing Center in Vermont

-by David Wandera PhD Candidate The Ohio State University M.A. 2008, M.Litt. 2013 “The writing center, year after year, has been the reason I do well at Bread Loaf. Keep up the good work.” (VT student, Summer 2013) 1 The number of writing centers in Vermont during the summer session 2013. 2 The number of

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Faculty Notes

Bartels, Banks Join Kentucky BLTN Spring Meeting

Kentucky BLTN members met on a beautiful spring day in Lexington, Kentucky, to showcase successful exchanges and anticipate the coming summer at Bread Loaf. Emily Bartels hosted the meeting in collaboration with Fayette County Publics represented by Elizabeth Tronoski and The Fund for Transforming Kentucky represented by Renee Boss. The showcase featured the outstanding work

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Django Paris in Harvard Educational Review

Bread Loaf’s Associate Director, Django Paris, and H. Samy Alim have published “What Are We Seeking to Sustain Through Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy?” in the Spring, 2014 issue of Harvard Educational Review. Here’s the abstract: In this article, Django Paris and H. Samy Alim use the emergence of Paris’s concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP) as

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Banks, Sullivan Join BLSE Faculty

Editor’s note: This piece is re-posted from the Spring 2014 Bread Loaf Newsletter. Two outstanding new faculty members will join the Bread Loaf community this summer. To help you get to know them better, we’ve provided short bios below. We also were able to catch up with Robert Sullivan to ask him a few questions.

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