Where Poetry is Effective
• Spectrum School: focusing on poetry in curriculum, inviting poets to work
with students in education, annual poetry Slam hosted by a local poet.
• Auburn High School: CAPA program invites poets from the community to
work with youth with poetry. Workshops have been held. Field trips have
been arranged to an annual youth writers workshop. Christopher D. Sims
and local poet Justin Saichek has worked with their CAPA program.
• Christopher D. Sims has been invited to Auburn High School to present for
high school students. Has showed them connection of poetry to rap music.
• Rockford Area Arts Council and the Illinois Arts Council hosts annually
“Poetry Out Loud.” The annual nationwide competition where high school
students compete regionally to get to Washington D.C. for the grand prize
of a $10, 000 scholarship.
• Open Mike Night at Katie’s Cup welcomes and encourages youth to come
and share their original poetry. Students from Auburn High and Spectrum
School have participated.
Poetry As A Tool to Educate
• Teachers are finding that poetry heard is a great tool to
• Spoken word is engaging students, especially the “artsy”
type, or those who learn through literary means.
• Teachers are using poetry curriculums in schools to inspire
• The Rockford Area Arts Council through “Poetry Out Loud”
encourages this, and funds curriculum for teachers.
Ideas for Poetry In District 205
• Hire and/or fund two poets to trek the District to run bi-
weekly workshops at three schools: Auburn High, Ellis Arts
Academy, and Guilford High School.
• Encourage English teachers to use poetry in their regular
curriculum. They could do something as simple as leading a
“Who Am I” poem during one school week.
• Ask teachers to attend poetry readings/open mikes at Katie’s
Cup or other local events.
• Partner with the Rockford Area Arts Council and the Illinois
Arts Council to promote Poetry Out Loud and help them get
students and teachers involved.