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For Students and Teachers

Mass Poetry Festival 2016, photo by John Andrews for Creative Salem
Mass Poetry Festival 2016, photo by John Andrews for Creative Salem

Teacher Track

The Teacher Track is a special series of four Festival sessions specifically targeting teachers and poet-educators interested in learning more about poetry pedagogy. The session topics will include teaching antiracist poetry, using poetry to enhance critical reading skills, teaching poetry in the virtual classroom, and integrating the arts into core curriculum.

These sessions will serve as the first part of Mass Poetry’s annual Teacher Summer Institute. To participate in the Teacher Track, Festival ticket holders must attend all four sessions, but are not limited to those four and may attend as many additional Festival sessions as they choose.

Participation accrues four hours towards PDPs issued by the MA Department of Education or towards a Mass Poetry certificate of completion—the remaining six hours of training required to award PDPs or certificates will be offered this summer at a time mutually agreed upon by the participants.

Festival Student Day of Poetry

Join us for our first-ever Virtual Festival Student Day of Poetry! We aim to shake up and inspire your classrooms this May with an opening ceremony featuring readings from our best-beloved poets, two class visits from poets leading writing workshops, and a closing student open mic where students get to share their words and support one another across different schools.


Opening Assembly, May 3
30 minutes, live-streamed recorded performances and Q&A with poets

Workshop 1, May 3 – 13
1-hour virtual workshop, scheduled with individual classes

Workshop 2, May 3 – 13
1-hour virtual workshop, scheduled with individual classes

Closing Celebration & Open Mic, May 14
45 minutes, poet-hosted virtual student open mic, time TBD

Featured poets to be announced soon! 

How to Register

Massachusetts teachers can register any number of classes/students. The cost is $12 per student or $380 per classroom (of up to 30 students). Teachers from outside of Massachusetts are welcome to attend but may be held on a waiting list until schools from our state of service have been registered.

Registration and a fully refundable $50 deposit are due by April 1st at 5PM EDT to confirm your spot. The last day to cancel and receive a full refund is April 16 at 5PM EDT. The full invoice amount will be due May 17 at 5PM EDT. If the final amount is less than $50, we will issue a refund for the difference.

We are reserving 300 seats for schools that serve low-income communities. All fees, including the deposit, will be waived for qualifying schools. We are capping this event at 600 students. Once we hit our cap, we will add schools to our waiting list in case of cancellations.

Questions? Please email them to our Education Director, Erica Charis-Molling.

See past Student Day of Poetry Festivals