BLTN Teachers

BLTN: Changing Lives and Changing Systems

May 28th, 2021 | By

Bread Loaf Teacher Network fellows compose reflective reports at key moments in a year. At the close of summer, they reflect on their BLSE course learning and they propose collaborative plans for projects and exchanges in the year ahead. At mid-year, they share their learning from the first half of the year, often using that

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Passion and Action: Hard Work, Intentional Rest, and Vulnerability in a Pandemic

May 28th, 2021 | By

There is a piece of writing advice that floats around in my mind, the origin of which I no longer remember (if you do, will you let me know?). Paraphrased, it’s something like: “When writing for children, one should never ask, ‘What lesson do children need?’ Instead, one should ask, ‘What lesson do I need?’

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Small Victories: Moments in the Pandemic

May 28th, 2021 | By

As BLTN members entered one of four Zoom meetings this year, they exchanged what Bread Loaf professor Ken Macrorie might have called “fabulous realities” about their recent teaching days. (An excerpt from that chat, might bring you a smile.) As the night’s discussion grew, we realized that “small victories” were some of the best antidotes

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BLTN Awards and Announcements

May 28th, 2021 | By

Andover Bread Loaf youth, Jiberly Sandoval and Faith Omosefe, were featured in an “Youth Leaders Unlocking Justice: 100 Years of Advocacy in Lawrence, MA,” an Aspen Institute webinar held December 8. They spoke about their experiences as writers, youth activists, and writing leaders within the Lawrence, MA collective. The webinar is part of the Aspen

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The Douglas Oral History Project: Revisiting the Past to Inform our Present

May 28th, 2021 | By

Editor’s note: Ceci Lewis recently retired from her position as Bread Loaf’s Associate Director. The work she details here draws from her dissertation, Breaking Borders: Women of Mexican Heritage in Douglas, Arizona. See our Fall, 2016 account of Ceci’s doctoral work. Ceci’s academic biography follows this article. For some, retirement is all about rocking chairs

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Goswami Action Grants Inspire Teachers and Students

May 28th, 2021 | By

Dixie Goswami BLTN Action Grants Awarded for 2020-2021 Dixie Goswami BLTN Action Grants, made possible by a BLSE donor, are offered to any current or former BLTN member during the fall and the spring of each year. Grant awards range between $250 to $2500 and are to support BLTN-related classroom programs, projects, events, and /or travel.

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“Nothing, If Not Critical”: Learning Critical Thinking While Hanging Out with a Scholar

May 21st, 2020 | By

“…These young people and their teacher demonstrate the best of teaching and learning, and we are all lucky that our future is in their hands…”



Bread Loaf Teacher Network: A Resource for Virtual Teaching and Learning in Time of Pandemic

May 21st, 2020 | By

“…When the pandemic hit our youth we were able immediately to access caring, knowledgeable adults and each other….”



A Teacher’s Call to Teachers: Review of Lorena German’s The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook

May 21st, 2020 | By

Dr. David Wandera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education, Language & Literacy at The College of New Jersey. He received his BLSE M.A. in 2008, and his M.Litt in 2013. In 1994, John Kehoe wrote an article on the debate between multicultural education and anti-racist education arguing that anti-racist teaching addresses

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Awards and Recognitions

May 21st, 2020 | By

Lauren Jewett, of Kipp Morial School in New Orleans has been selected to two prestigious fellowship posts this academic year. She is an Understood Teacher Fellow, and an ASCD 2019 Emerging Leader. In these capacities, she has authored “How I Navigate the Coronavirus as an Educator with Anxiety,” and “How I’m Leading Remote IEP Meetings.”

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