Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NCTE Blog, Poetry, and National Hispanic Heritage Month

With the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference quickly arriving November 19-22 to the nearby city of Minneapolis, consider perusing Literacy and NCTE: The official blog of the National Council of Teachers of English.

A recent blog post entitled "Our US Poet Laureate and Hispanic Heritage" begins by noting that September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. The post highlights the importance of diversity, poetry, and encouragement:
 "The La Casa de Colores project and Herrera's poetry confirm that we are all interconnected across human cultures, heritages, and languages. As literacy teachers and thinkers, we can invite our students and colleagues to the table of poetry and enrich our lives across hemispheres, borderlands, and oceans as we make meaning together."
Read the whole blog post here to learn about Poet Laureate Juan Filpe Herrera, his story, and his project to collect poems from the writing public to create an epic poem that stretches over his time as poet laureate.