Favorite Poem Project: The Summer Poetry Institute

The Boston University School of Education, in cooperation with former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, holds an Annual Poetry Institute for Educators each summer at the Boston University Charles River Campus.

Robert Pinsky, a renowned poet and translator, and professor of English and creative writing at Boston University, co-directs and leads the institute, building on the principles of his Favorite Poem Project, which is committed to celebrating and documenting poetry’s place in American culture and improving its place in American classrooms.

The institute encourages a dialogue among teachers about past successes, difficulties, and insights they’ve had in bringing poetry to students in their various communities. Teachers work in groups throughout the week to develop lessons inspired by the institute’s presenters. The purpose of the institute is to demonstrate poetry’s power as a learning tool by offering participants an energizing approach to poems, invaluable materials for teaching, and refreshed skills to invigorate their instructional habits and practices.

Participants are eligible for Professional Development points and/or credit at Boston University. On-campus housing and/or parking are available.

We invite teachers and teacher/administrator teams across grade levels (elementary, middle and high school) to apply. The institute seeks a balance between experienced and less experienced teachers, between teachers who enjoy teaching poetry and those who’ve shied away from it.

For more information, or to request an application, visit the Poetry Institute webpage.

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