Core Values of #TeachLivingPoets
- We seek to get poetry into the hands of students.
- We seek to complicate the canon, to open the door wider of which poems are taught in the classroom.
- We seek to provide students with poetry that reflects their identities, backgrounds, and present circumstances.
- We seek to expose students to new ideas and to people who are different than them.
- We seek to uplift the voices of BIPOC poets, LBGTQ+ poets, and poets with disabilities.
- We seek to celebrate the arts in schools, especially poetry.
- We seek to empower students’ voices through reading and writing poetry.
Student Testimonial: The Power of #TeachLivingPoets
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About Founder Melissa Alter Smith
Melissa Alter Smith is the creator of the #TeachLivingPoets hashtag and teachlivingpoets.com. She is a National Board Certified high school English teacher in Charlotte, NC. She is 2017 District Teacher of the Year, an AP Reader, & an NCETA Executive Board member. She has presented at NCTIES, WVELA, NCETA, NCTE-WLU Summer Institute, NCTE, AWP, and the AP Annual Conference, and has co-authored a book on teaching poetry (forthcoming in Feb 2021 with NCTE). Melissa is also a co-author of the Instructor’s Manual and AP Correlation Guide for the 13th high school edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature. She is featured on LitHub.com, in NEATE News, NCTE’s Council Chronicle, ASCD’s Education Update, Prestwick House, The Poetry Question, and on Education Talk Radio. Her work is focused on complicating the canon, supporting teachers, and empowering students through poetry. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MelAlterSmith.