BLTN Teachers

Derek Burtch and Amelia Gordon: A Dialogue on “Erase the Space”

Jan 16th, 2018 | By

Derek Burtch and Amelia Gordon are in their second year of collaborations connecting their students through written and face-to-face dialogue. Derek, who teaches in suburban Powell, Ohio, and Amelia who teaches at South High School in Columbus, fittingly chose to process their reflections and plans via online written dialogue—a medium through which they are learning

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John Hall and Laura Benton (continued)

Jan 16th, 2018 | By

In addition to creating a garden, we hope students will connect across cultural and geographic divides. Kentucky and California have very different growing seasons, and this difference will help students understand the importance of place in growing food. In Cli-Fi, we discussed the ways the effects of climate change transgress borders. Any effective response to

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Fallon Abel Collaborations – Continued

Jan 16th, 2018 | By

The other BLTN-related exchange I’m presently trying to arrange would be with a class in Pakistan. When Moshin Tenjani visited campus this summer, we spoke about how energy and sustainability issues impact our respective communities. I asked him whether it might be possible for him to reach out to some of the teachers and schools

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Introducing BreadCast: A BLTN Podcast Series

Jun 23rd, 2017 | By

We hope you enjoy the first episode of a series of BLTN podcasts we’re calling BreadCast. See the podcast page— as part of the MiddCast series— to subscribe. Feel free to discuss Alfredo’s take on voice below. We’d love your ideas for future releases. Email to Tom_McKenna@breadnet.middlebury.edu with ideas.



Join the #BLTN Twitter Chats

Nov 24th, 2016 | By

Join  Lorena Germán (@nenagerman) on the first Monday of each month for Twitter chats on topics such as social justice, literacy, technology, and pedagogy. The chats are announced and archived on the BLTN working site. Bread Loaf faculty members Andrea Lunsford and Cruz Medina were featured guests in October and November respectively. To participate, log on to

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Bringing it Back: BLTN Teachers Reflect on Summer Learning

Nov 24th, 2016 | By

Editor’s Note: In each issue of the BLTN Journal, we feature teacher reflections on how their summer learning at Bread Loaf is likely to influence their professional work at home. The following experts from longer reports and articles are divided into sections on pedagogy in general, followed by plans for collaboration. Bringing it Back: Pedagogy Laura

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Santa Fe Spotlight: Multimodal Writing in the Digital Age

Nov 24th, 2016 | By

This past summer, we were always asking ourselves how we might critically incorporate technology into our teaching and why might we choose not to do so as well. What I was really impressed by was the level of creativity and willingness to experiment with technology that the members of our class engaged in while reflecting

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Let us Teach You How to Teach Us: What is Education?

Nov 24th, 2016 | By

Screened at Bread Loaf Vermont in July 2016, “What is Education” is a project of Elevated Thought and the Lawrence Youth Council. Read about successive projects, including the November 5, 2016 conference, “THIS is Education.” “What is Education” features Yulissa Nuñez , a recent recipient of the Lawrence Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage award, and a first

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Vermont What’s the Story? Update: November, 2016

Nov 24th, 2016 | By

Editor’s note: This update on the Vermont What’s the Story? project is provided by Tim O’Leary (BLSE ’16), reposted from the project website at http://whatsthestoryvt.com.  WTS Update: November 9th  We are two months into complex work, digging deep into critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in a hybrid (in person and online) environment, all with the prospects of creating positive social

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Novelist Dave Eggers Visits Fern Creek

Nov 24th, 2016 | By

We had a superb visit with Dave Eggers and Jim James (from the band My Morning Jacket). We talked  about creativity, imagination, and education. The two generously joined a group of Fern Creek students (in Louisville, KY)  for two hours that flew by like 15 minutes. We enjoyed some Nepali Samosas with tomato chutney courtesy

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