August 31st, 2020
California Poets in the Schools recognizes the trying isolation of these times. We believe that poetry has strong power to connect us to one another, and to help us navigate choppy and uncharted waters. To this end, we are ramping up opportunities for this community to gather together online.
Most California counties are beginning the school year in a distance learning format. Educators, students and parents are rising to meet this challenge in unprecedented and heartwarming ways.
Poetry instruction is a versatile tool that transitions well to online learning, offering youth a chance to create, de-stress and explore their feelings about the world around them. California Poets in the Schools' Poet-Teachers are committed to learning new and innovative teaching techniques for the online poetry classroom. On September 8th from 12-2pm, Raie Crawford, Program Manager from WITS Houston, will offer a virtual training for the California Poets in the Schools network. Raie will discuss best practices for virtual teaching of the creative literary arts. This workshop is geared towards California Poets in the Schools' Poet-Teachers. The training is free or by donation. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Click here to register.
About Raie: Raie Crawford is a Wiley College Alumna from Houston, Texas. As a two-time Houston VIP Slam Champion and 2017-2018 Houston Performance Poet of the Year. Raie is ranked within the top 20 among the Women of the World Poetry Slam and top 25 within the rankings of the Individual World Poetry Slam. Raie started with Wits in 2018 as a resident writer. A year later, she joined the administrative team as a Program Manager.