My Name: Rajwinder Kaur on Names, Identity, and Multicultural Storytelling

The November BreadCast, the fifth episode of the series, features Rajwinder Kaur’s summer work from the “Multicultural Digital Storytelling ” course led by Professor Cruz Medina at the Bread Loaf Santa Fe campus.

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.

Imagining Advocacy and Action

With this sixth issue of The Bread Loaf Teacher Network Journal, we invite you to join us in learning with students who are working together to imagine and create a better world.The aim of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network is to develop innovative pedagogies and partnerships that allow youth--and especially youth from underserved communities--to thrive as researchers, writers, artists, documentarians, advocates, activists, and to take on learning as social action and social action as learning.

At this historical moment, nothing is more urgent than for us to come together as scholars and educators with our students in the name and service of difference, civility, and respect for all persons. As vocally and visibly as possible, we need to help preserve, support, and expand the extraordinary capacity of youth to lead the conversation, to speak out and up, and to demonstrate and celebrate the power of learning and language to promote positive and equitable social change. We could not need our young people more.

Emily Bartels
Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English

BLTN Teachers

Join the #BLTN Twitter Chats

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

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

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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BLTN International

Stories Walking: An International Workshop for Indigenous Writers

  Stories Walking – Costa Rica and the Beginning of an International Relationship Ceci Lewis English Department Chair, Cochise College Sierra Vista, AZ BLSE 1996 This August, Bread Loaf Teacher Network members Rex Lee Jim and I began a journey to make a shared dream a reality. Traveling with two Navajo Youth Leaders from the Navajo Community

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Peace Literacy: Advocacy and Action in Haiti

Andover Bread Loaf: Advocacy and Action by Chantal Kenol-Desmornes Bridge Academy and College Classique Feminin Port au Prince, Haiti BLSE 2015 Editor’s note: This talk was presented to the Bread Loaf Vermont community on July 14, 2016.  Good evening everyone. It’s good to be back on this beautiful mountain. And it feels especially good to be

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Campus News

A Virtuous Circle: English Class and Service Learning

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 On a sunny Saturday morning in July, 18 students at the Vermont campus, plus faculty members Dixie Goswami, Beverly Moss, and Margery Sabin, participated

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President Patton Confers Degrees, Inspires ‘Quiet and Loud Revolutions’

Text excerpted from “Bread Loaf School of English Celebrates Commencement,” Middlebury Newsroom, authored by Dana Olsen. RIPTON, Vt. – The Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English completed its 97th summer session with Commencement exercises for 50 master’s degree candidates at the Bread Loaf campus here on August 6. Emily Bartels, director of the School of English,

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