Library Notes

For our sixth issue of BreadCast, John Hall shares a found poem he created in Professor Brenda Brueggemann’s class Teaching/Writing: The Art and Act of Writing about Teaching during the Summer 2017 session of the Bread Loaf School of English. Hall, a Lit for Life Scholar who teaches who teaches English and Urban Agriculture at Fern

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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.

Advocacy Literacy and Youth Opportunity, Learning, and Leadership

“Advocacy Literacy,” the theme of this issue of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network Journal, is a phrase that comes into clear focus as we learn from and with the remarkable youth of the BLTN NextGen Leadership Network.

The traditions and practices of Bread Loaf teachers whose social justice framework informed their teaching and learning across the years, and the scholarship of Bread Loaf faculty including Michael Armstrong, Shirley Brice Heath, Ken Macrorie, Andrea Lunsford, Jaqueline Jones Royster, and Beverly Moss have shaped BLTN NextGen conceptions of literacy. The youth who have risen to the challenges posed and supported by the Ford Foundation's Youth Opportunity and Learning initiative are developing a new conception of literacy based on how students actually use writing, art, music, and technology to get things done. Advocacy literacy is functional definition of literacy based on the actual way young people engage in advocacy work inside and outside schools. It is a literacy that is shaping policy.

Jacqueline Jones Royster's Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change among African American Women gives us a perspective on African American women whose written and spoken advocacy for justice advanced human rights and civil liberties, We view BLTN NextGen youth as traces of the stream Royster describes and celebrates, young people coming together from diverse BLTN social action communities to participate in a networked, blended learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates—part of a movement: Vulnerable youth as resources to be developed—not problems to be solved.

Using the terms "advocacy literacy" or "civic engagement literacy" to describe the language and thought that BLTN youth bring to the table highlights a theory of action that connects the work of NextGen youth to all of the work featured in this issue. As networked participants in the learning process, BLTN young people work directly with local community mentors and experts (in person and online) to tackle issues that range from reimagined equitable education that meets the reality of their lives, to food access and community health. In these acts of advocacy, young people hone their skills as issue-focused writers, artists, community organizers, collaborating across distance and difference to confront issues and advocate for youth opportunities for learning and leadership.

Current times are proving the urgency, power, and necessity of advocacy literacy. We invite you to connect with the people and work featured in this issue and to join us, through dialogue on this site or in any of the local contexts we share in this issue, in literacy that is, according to Royster, "....a social, political, cultural act...embedded in the lives of human beings who live and work in the company of others."

Dixie Goswami


BLTN NextGen Leadership Network

January, 2018

BLTN Teachers

Mobilizing and Connecting Communities across the Heartland: 2017 Brings a Resurgence to Buckeye Bread Loaf

by Chris Moore BLSE 2013 Liberty High School Powell, OH For Buckeye Bread Loaf, Ohio’s Chapter of BLTN, 2017 has been a year of revitalization. Currently, the Promise of Learnings, Inc. (POLI) supports eight Ohio teachers to attend Bread Loaf in the summer through Bickimer Fellowships. During the summer and throughout the school year, these

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Help Needed!: A Story of Bread Loaf Teacher Networking

Alfredo Celedón Luján, BLSE 1987, Bread Loaf/New Mexico director’s assistant, is the 2017 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award, in recognition of his contributions to the development of NCTE’s professional community.   Help Needed!: A Story of Bread Loaf Teacher Networking NCTE Conference at St.

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Bringing it Back: Bread Loaf Teachers Reflect on Summer Learning

With each issue of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network Journal, we feature BLTN Fellows’ reflections on how their summer coursework propels their thinking about pedagogy and collaboration. We invite you to use the comments feature on this page to inquire into the thinking and plans our fellows share here.  PEDAGOGY Fallon Abel Sharon Academy Middle

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BLTN International

One Word at a Time: Peace Literacy in El Salvador

The Andover Bread Loaf Peace Literacy Network’s tradition of going global with writing workshops landed with full creative force in El Salvador this summer. The Peace Literacy Network is inspired by the Andover Bread Loaf model of democratic, participatory expression as personal and professional development. Here are excerpts, taken from the project blog at http://ablelsalvador.blogspot.com, from

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A Genre without Borders: Jennifer Coreas on Memoir, History, and Social Action

  The October issue of BreadCast features Jennifer Coreas’ reflections on her childhood in war-torn El Salvador, and the role of writing in her intellectual growth and professional work.

Campus News

Nancie Atwell Gives the 2017 Drew Lecture

Nancie Atwell, Honorary Doctor of Letters, BLSE 2016, and one of the most respected and influential educators in the world, gave the 2017 Elizabeth Drew Memorial Lecture on the Bread Loaf Vermont campus this summer. Atwell, who attended Bread Loaf from 1979–80 and in 1982, has been recognized as Poetry Teacher of the Year by

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Andover Bread Loaf Newsletter Features NextGen Youth

Andover Bread Loaf Director Lou Bernieri has the lead in the 2017 Fall Newsletter with “ABL Youth Fortify Next Generation Leadership Network.” Click on the image at left to peruse the newsletter.

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