Faculty Notes

Defining Literacy Today

Sep 6th, 2013 | By

—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

—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

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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