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Mural depicting Tragedy in Literature, Library of Congress Jefferson Building
“Literature is, to my mind, the great teaching power of the world, the ultimate creator of all values, and it is this, not only in the sacred books whose power everybody acknowledges, but by every movement of imagination in song or story or drama that height of intensity and sincerity has made literature at all.”  Read More »
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Summer 2017 Professional Development for K-12 Educators in the Humanities

Participants in “The Most Southern Place on Earth” 2016 Landmarks workshop
Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for school teachers to study a variety of humanities subjects such as architecture, history, literature, music and philosophy with some of the finest scholars and teachers in America. Topics range from African Americans in the Making of New England to Women Making Change at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Stipends of $600-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs.For information and application instructions, please visit the websites for individual projects.Read More »
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December Ideas From the EDSITEment Calendar

Miguel Cabrera, “Portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” (1648-1695).
You might think that December is the month of holidays and parties, but did you know that it is also full of historic anniversaries such as the arrest of Rosa Parks on the first, and important birthdays such as that of Mexican poet and nun Sor Juana Inès de la Cruz on the second?Read More »
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Cultural Understanding through Poetry at NCTE 2016

Richard Blanco presenting at the National Council Teachers of English
Each year over the weekend before Thanksgiving, the National Council of Teachers of English convenes a conference in a major city. This year’s gathering was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The turnout was spectacular with more than 7000 teachers of English from every level—preschool through college and university—assembled to learn about a wide range of topics under this year’s theme: “Faces of Advocacy.”Read More »
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