IN THE NEWS: Poetry in America for High-Schoolers

See below for press related to Poetry in America’s programming for high-schoolers.

Feature in The New York Times

On Friday, The New York Times highlighted the work we’ve been doing with our partners at the National Educational Equity Lab in a front-page article by Erica L. Green, “A Program Inspires Ivy League Dreams in Disadvantaged Teens.”

I knew I was smart, but I was never told where it would take me.”
– Donovan Blount, 17, Queens, N.Y.

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Feature in Harvard Magazine

THIS IS A STORY about kids succeeding, about the success of an experiment.”
– Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard | Founder and Director of Poetry in America

In Fall 2019, Poetry in America, in partnership with the National Education Equity Lab and the Harvard Extension School, offered a for-credit course to high-schoolers in Title I schools across the United States.  Read this feature in Harvard Magazine by Lydialyle Gibson to learn more about the pilot run of Harvard’s first-ever dual enrollment offering (from the March-April 2020 issue).

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Feature by The Common App

I learned that I can do college-level work. Teachers had told me that, but now I see it and believe it and want more. In that way, this class probably changed my life.”
– Poetry in America National Pilot Participant, Gallup, NM

The National Education Equity Lab celebrated the success of Pilot participants at Jazz at Lincoln Center back in February.  Read this piece from The Common App (from February 5, 2020).

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Feature in The Harvard Crimson

The assimilation that these students are experiencing is beyond what I, or anybody, anticipated. Their development and their critical thinking — I’m amazed by it.”
– Danielle Belson, Teacher, Opelousas High School in Louisiana

During the Fall 2019 semester, The Harvard Crimson ran a feature on the Poetry in America National Pilot.  Click below to read their coverage (from October 31, 2019).

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Local News Features

Opelousas, Louisiana

I am hoping this is a portal for them to realize the world is much bigger...”
– Principal Rickey Julian, Opelousas High School in Louisiana

KATC News in Opelousas, Louisiana, interviewed students and school administrators at Opelousas High School about their participation in the Poetry in America National Pilot.  Click below for their coverage (from September 19, 2019).

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Pontiac, Michigan

Students at Pontiac’s International Technology Academy (in Pontiac, Michigan) were early participants in Poetry in America’s programming for high-schoolers.  Pontiac ITA students first enrolled in a Poetry in America course in Spring 2019; ITA students also participated in the Fall 2019 Pilot.  Click below to read a feature by The Oakland Press (from May 13, 2019).

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Feature in The Harvard Gazette

In a room full of students of underrepresented backgrounds and first-generation students, it was powerful to see students share their poetry and thoughts on taking a Harvard class in high school.”
– Jordan Harrison, Chief Inspiration Officer at Reality Changers | M.Ed '18, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Poetry in America Founder and Director Elisa New and Harvard University President Larry Bacow visited Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, California–one of Poetry in America’s very first educational partners–in the winter of 2018.  Students from HSHMC have earned low-cost college credit by enrolling in Poetry in America courses for the last several years.  Click the link below to read about the students’ experience with Poetry in America, and about President Bacow’s visit to their campus (from December 16, 2018).

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