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From the BLTN Director: Conversations about Anti-racist Pedagogies and Ethical Teaching

May 28th, 2021 | By

When I think about BLTN’s commitment to youth advocacy and activism through literacy, teacher and youth collaboration across and within difference, and inclusivity and socially transformative pedagogy, I could not imagine, given our mission, how we would not engage in discussions about anti-racist pedagogies. We cannot be activists and support our students’ activism if we

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Parable of the Sower: A Positive Afrofuturist Obsession

May 28th, 2021 | By

When I first read Parable of the Sower in a 2017 Bread Loaf School of English class titled Cli-fi, it gave me chills. The apocalyptic novel, published in 1993 and set in 2024, seems prophetic, and in no uncertain terms, eerie. Butler’s work stood out to me because it was so prescient and seemed to predict,

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“How Do I Language?”: Linguistic Justice Lessons from Ninth Grade

May 28th, 2021 | By and

Background Last summer we had the opportunity and privilege to meet with Bread Loaf professor Dr. April Baker-Bell as she presented on linguistic justice during a BLTN session. Her calls for “critical conscious-raising of linguistic justice” and for confronting systems of white supremacy in both language and society were catalysts for our collaborative unit for

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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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Reimagining the Classroom: BLTN Teachers Offer Support and Strategy

May 21st, 2020 | By

“…Even as they participate in supportive networks like BLTN, teachers are finding themselves bombarded with new demands and online resources…From one meeting to the next, teachers shared not only how they were surviving and striving to meet student needs, and how they were coping with ‘Zoom fatigue,’ but they gave sparkling accounts of the sources of joy they were finding despite quarantined life….”



Reclaiming the Classroom: A Retrospective on Bread Loaf’s Foundational Work in Classroom Inquiry

May 21st, 2020 | By

“… former Bread Loaf faculty member James Britton’s call for ‘the decade of the classroom teacher,’ for ‘the full potential of interactive teaching and learning’ requiring ‘all the help we can give them’ may have arrived in 2020….”



Affirmation and Invitation: Say Yes to Pears

May 21st, 2020 | By

“…This is no ordinary pedagogy book. Joe and Brent invite us graciously into their practice, involve us in planning the ingredients for our own contexts, and they provide literal and figurative feasts for experiences (in high schools of all places) of community and affirmation…”



“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…”



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