Faculty Notes

Reading the World

Sep 6th, 2013 | By
Director, Bread Loaf School of English

—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

Sep 6th, 2013 | By
Michael Armstrong with a Lawrence student at the Addison Gallery in Andover, MA.

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

Sep 6th, 2013 | By
Associate Director of BLSE

—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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Defining Literacy Today

Sep 6th, 2013 | By
Visit from Tupac

—by Andrea Lunsford Professor of English Emerita,  Stanford University  with photos and commentary by Brent Ashley English Instructor, Lynnfield High School Lynnfield, MA BLSE 2014 As each new year rolls toward summer, my heart rolls toward Bread Loaf. I can hear the birds outside the campus’ Victorian buildings, smell the newly mown grass where Bocci

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BLTN 2013: Prospect and Retrospect

Sep 6th, 2013 | By
Jimmy Britton consults with a student

—by Dixie Goswami, BLTN Director “English Teaching: Prospect and Retrospect,” the final essay in James Britton’s 1982 collection of essays, Prospect and Retrospect, speaks about 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.

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Ethics and the Teaching of English

Sep 5th, 2013 | By
Screen Shot of BLTN Ethics Blog

—by Dr. Jim Sabin Dr. Sabin is a Clinical Professor of both Population Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Program In the years that I’ve been a faculty spouse since my wife Margery began teaching at the Vermont campus in 1992, I’d been making connections

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A Historical Perspective on BLTN

Aug 22nd, 2013 | By

In these excerpts from a 2012 interview, Bread Loaf Teacher Network Director Dixie Goswami speaks to the origin of the network, its evolution through the past two decades, and prospects for the future.

A Tribute to Jim Maddox

Nov 11th, 2012 | By
Jim Maddox

Jim Maddox, member of the BLSE faculty for a decade before serving as director from 1989 to 2010, when he retired, was BLTN’s great advocate and visionary leader, responsible for major grants. Jim always presented BLTN as a valuable, visible resource for improving public education, supporting teachers in the most basic of ways, by offering to

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Talking Writing

Sep 29th, 2012 | By

Talking Writing by Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University.  Shirley Brice Heath, Professor Emerita at Stanford University, taught at Bread Loaf-Vermont for nine summers, from 1982-2001, working with several of her Bread Loaf students as co-researchers on inquiries about literacy and the arts. Ways with Words:  Language, life, and work in communities and classrooms was published in 1983.

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BreadNet: The Enduring Vision of Rocky Gooch

Sep 3rd, 2012 | By

BreadNet, the digital network of the Bread Loaf School of English and the Bread Loaf Teacher Network, began way back in 1984. In the age of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Twitter, Facebook, and Skype, is BreadNet passé? This summer’s lively conversation on “connected teaching and learning” gave us occasion to take stock of some

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