More news from ILA

Hi everyone,

I mentioned the other day that the all day institute proposal to ILA for October this year has been accepted. Now the presentation proposal for Laura Robb, her son Evan Robb, and me has also been accepted. The good news is I’m on two programs. The bad news is I’ll have to prepare for two presentations. But I’m thrilled to have this kind of problem. The name of the second program is, “Poetry: A Surefire Way to Build a Love of Language and Improve Reading Comprehension Among Striving Readers.”

Poetry workshop next June


Recently I mentioned that I’ll do a three-day poetry workshop next June in Honesdale, Pennsylvania as part of Hightlights Foundation’s series of Founders Workshops. The information is up now at this link:

For specific information about my workshop, scroll down to this and click on my name. It would be great to see some of you there. Workshops fill up quickly because there is only room for ten or twelve people.

June 2–5, 2011
Somebody Ought to Write a Poem
Workshop Leader: David Harrison

We leave in the morning for a week in Florida. I’ll take my laptop but you never know how much will get done on a family trip. Look forward to seeing Nancy Gow next Wednesday, the 21st, as my next Guest Reader. Gary Dulabaum is coming up soon as a Featured Friday Guest, maybe as soon as next week.

I hope that everyone is having a good summer.


A panel discussion I recommend

My thanks once again to Charles Ghigna for being my guest yesterday. If you haven’t had time yet to read the interview, I hope you will mark it to read later.


I told you that I’ll present in November in Orlando at National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) about our Word of the Month Poetry Challenge. I hope to see some of you there and I encourage you to tell teachers you know to come to my session from 8:00 – 9:15 on Saturday morning, November 20.

There will be a fascinating panel on Friday morning that I recommend and will attend if my flight schedule permits. It’s called Poets and Bloggers Unite: Using Technology to Connect Kids, Teachers, and Poetry. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Our friend Sylvia Vardell,  put the panel togetherand it includes Lee Bennet Hopkins, ; Marilyn Singer, ; Pat Mora, ; Jame Richards, ; Tricia Stohr-Hunt, ; and Elaine Magliaro, .You will recognize Sylvia, Lee, Marilyn, and Tricia who have all appeared as guests and/or contributors on my blog.

Here’s a glimpse into what Sylvia and the panel intend to discuss: We’ll consider how poets, teachers, and kids can use technology to connect through poetry. Together, we’ll use the interactive medium of the do-it-yourself blog to think deeply and broadly about how virtual learning environments and authentic literacy experiences can inspire and empower students and teachers, connecting with the wider, “real world” community in purposeful ways. What kinds of poetry and strategies engage students to wonder and explore, ask big questions, make discoveries and connections, and learn about themselves and others?

Thanks to the remarkable influece of today’s technology, a panel of dynamic people like these come together to consider how to harness the power of technology to bring poetry into the lives of young readers. I hope some of you will have a chance to attend this session, which takes place on Friday from 9:30-10:45.

If you have thoughts or comments on this subject, please let us know. Thanks!