New York, NY (February 20, 2018)—With a fifty year track record of serving K–12 teachers, the Academy of American Poets, with the leadership of Education Ambassador Richard Blanco, is a national advocate for the importance of poetry being taught in our nation’s classrooms.
From developing the first Poets in the Schools program in the 1960s to initiating Teachers Institutes and launching Poets.org as an educational resource in the 1990s to Poets.org being named a Best Teaching & Learning Website by the American Association of School Librarians in 2017, education has been core to the organization’s mission.
Today, the Academy of American Poets, with the curriculum development expertise of Educator in Residence Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer, is the leading poetry organization providing materials to inspire the next generation of writers and readers. The Academy partners with several nonprofit poetry and educational organizations to disseminate its free resources and classroom activities, and offer trainings to teachers, including 826 National, the American Library Association, National Council for Teachers of English, the National Endowment for the Humanities, New Visions for Public Schools, and Urban Word.
To help guide and champion the organization’s growing Education Program, the Academy of American Poets has established an Education Advisory Council comprised of leaders in poetry, education, and technology. They are:
Academy of American Poets Board Members Liza Bennett, Bruno Navasky, and Gerald Richards serve as liaisons to this council.
About the Academy of American Poets
Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; National Poetry Month; the popular Poem-a-Day series; American Poets magazine; Teach This Poem and other resources for K-12 educators; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. The organization also coordinates the work of a national poetry coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.