Poet Educator Training Program

In the fall 2017 semester (mid August - late November), Mass Poetry will offer a Poet Educator Training Program led by Regie Gibson, who piloted Mass Poetry's poet-in-residence program in 2015 - 2016. The training will offer poets, teachers and MFA students the opportunity to receive a certificate by Mass Poetry indicating that they are qualified to teach poetry as paid poets-in-residence in public schools. Students outside of the local area will be able to approach a school or alternative learning center in their own areas to teach poetry.

This 13-week training will take place online. Students will be introduced to practical techniques and ideas of implementing year-long poetry curricula in Massachusetts classrooms.

In this training, students will:

•      Create original and innovative exercises for classroom implementation that conform to Common Core and Massachusetts Educational Frameworks.
•      Study and develop techniques to facilitate both group and individual learning.
•      Learn how to take texts from page to stage.
•      Discover “poetic temperaments” and learn to help students do so.
•      Practice techniques of classroom management.
•      Write multi-week lesson plans that integrate with a school-specific educational focus.
•      Develop a “Writer’s Block Tool Box”.

Upon completion of the training program, students will receive a certificate from Mass Poetry that reflects their eligibility to be placed in paid poet-in-residence positions in schools throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In-school residencies can start the following semester (spring 2018) or following year (fall 2018). Students will also join a network of poet educators who can continue to engage and learn from one another.

To find out how to apply and for more information, please contact sara@masspoetry.org

Instructor bio:

Former National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson received his MFA from New England College. He has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, and nominated for a Boston Emmy. Regie received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Poetry and has been artist-in residence at Berklee College of Music. He is on the summer faculty at Emerson College.