Since our Educator-in-Residence Madeleline Fuchs Holzer joined us last fall, we have partnered with the New York City Department of Education and New Visions for Public Schools to host a series a teacher meetups. Sometimes at the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan where the Department of Education is housed, other times at the Academy of American Poets headquarters, we gather in the early evening with a small group of elementary or high school teachers. We invite a poet to open each meeting with a reading and discussion of his or her work—Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths have generously donated their time and talent so far. Mady then guides the teachers through a lesson plan that incorporates poetry, modelling how they can use the artform to teach various subjects across the curriculum. The teachers, in return, give us feedback about what information and tools they need most when bringing poetry to their students, which helps us further develop the resources we provide in the Materials for Teachers section of This work has been incredibly rewarding for us, as we hear firsthand about the hard work our country's educators are doing on a daily basis in K-12 classrooms. For updates about how this work is progressing and the new resources we're producing for educators, sign up for our Educator Newsletter.