NJ Poetry Out Loud Residencies & Residency Application

The NJPOL Residency Program places seasoned professional teaching artists in schools and community-based programs. Residencies are designed to enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of poetry through performance.

The emphasis on performance skills makes these residencies a perfect component in a school’s preparation for a Poetry Out Loud Competition. Classroom teachers are encouraged to participate, and to look at the residency as a professional development opportunity.

WTNJ has set up a few basic options, but the residency structure is flexible, and can be adjusted to the needs of the school. Residencies usually involve both a professional poet and a performance artist (not necessarily present on the same day). If you do not see something below that works for you, please contact us, and we will help you create a customized residency.

Residencies and costs vary in length and format. Limited grants are available to help fund the cost of a residency.

If you wish to apply for a residency, please click on the Application Instructions tab for assistance. The application form can be accessed by clicking on the NJPOL Residency Application tab.

 

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New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Program Information

The Full Residency is designed to help a school prepare students for a contest and provide judging for the classroom and school contests. They are six days in length and consists of a workshop with two teaching artists– a poet and performance artist. Each artist works separately for two sessions, and then work together as judges for the classroom competitions and the school-wide competition. Also included is planning meeting with the two artists prior to the residency, and two hours of consultation with the artists over the course of the residency.

Classrooms/Students Served: Four classrooms, approximately 100 students.

Time: Six days with POL Teaching Artists.

  • Two days with a professional poet.
  • Two days with a professional performing artist.
  • One day, both Teaching Artists, judge classroom competitions.
  • One day, both Teaching Artists, judge school competitions.

Cost: $3,000   Partial Grants Available

Does not include artist travel costs.

Objectives: 

  • Poetry Artist. Students will be led through a series of reading and writing exercises and grow to understand the importance of figurative language, connotation, imagery, rhythm and symbolism in interpreting poems. Poetic elements of characterization, point of view, plot, setting and theme will also be discussed and explored.
  • Performance Artist. Students will work with the artist  to build confidence as they learn new methods of expressing themselves and their chosen poem(s). Students practice projection, rhythm, and diction while discovering the power of their individual voice and the value of sharing ideas, feelings and language with a community.

Modifications: Each teaching artist works a total of four days, each, or eight days total. Schools may elect to not have the teaching artists run the contests, and provide four days of residencies each in their area of expertise.

The Short Residency is four days in length. As with the full residency, it provides a workshop with two teaching artists– a poet and performance artist. Each artist works separately for one session, and then work together as judges for the classroom competitions and the school-wide competition. Also included is planning meeting with the two artists prior to the residency, and two hours of consultation with the artists over the course of the residency.

Classrooms/Students Served: Four classrooms, approximately 100 students.

Time: Four days with POL Teaching Artists.

  • One day with a professional poet.
  • One day with a professional performing artist.
  • One day, both Teaching Artists, judge classroom competitions.
  • One day, both Teaching Artists, judge school competitions.

Cost: $2,000   Partial Grants Available

Does not include artist travel costs.

Objectives: 

A poet and/or performance artist will work on a specific aspect of the POL program and can include: selecting a poem, interpreting poetry, projection & enunciation, incorporating emotion into performance, etc.

Modifications: Each teaching artist works a total of three days, each, or six days total. Schools may elect to not have the teaching artists run the contests, and provide three days of residencies each in their area of expertise.

A poet and/or performance artist will work with up to 4 classes on a specific aspect of the POL program and can include: selecting a poem, interpreting poetry, projection & enunciation, incorporating emotion into performance, etc.

Cost: $500 per day

Cost does not including artist transportation

An artist consults with administrator and teachers on conducting a successful Poetry Out Loud Program. Areas of review can include:  Structuring the program, running the classroom and school contests, incorporating effective poetry/performance lessons, troubleshooting and problem-solving, etc.

Cost: $500 per day (4-5 hours)

Cost does not including artist transportation.

Depending upon the needs of the school, WTNJ can create a custom program. Using a formula of a 4-5 hour day, with a program cost of $500 per day per teaching artist, we will work with schools to create a residency tailored to the site.

WTNJ sees planning sessions between the teaching artists and the schools as absolutely essential, and thus, will not remove those costs as part of any custom program.

Registration Procedures

Required fields are indicated by an asterisk. We ask that you review the residency choices and know the type of residency for which you are applying. In addition to basic school address information we require information for the following:

•Applicant Name/Title/Contact Phone Number/E-Mail Address
•Site Coordinator Name/Title/Contact Phone Number/E-Mail Address

If you are requesting a grant for your residency, you will need to answer the following questions (we recommend you prepare these answers separately and paste them into the questionnaire, in the event the application does not process correctly):

1. What are the goals for this residency (i.e. fostering creativity, helping to prepare for standardized tests, etc.)?

2. Ideally, participating classes are to receive 80-minute sessions with the teaching artists. Can your school provide the artist with 80 minute sessions with each class per day? If not, what is the length of each class period? Does your school schedule alternate on different days? Please specify.

3.Classroom teachers must work in partnership with the artists on this program and commit class time in addition to the artist days in meeting the program goals. How will your school staff collaborate with the teaching artists to accomplish the goals of the residency?

4. Once completed, how do you see this residency assisting you and other teachers in daily classroom work?

5.The program incorporates a series of competitions, classroom contests and a school-wide competition (must be administered by the school) to select which student will go on to the regional competition. Is your school able to fulfill this program requirement? And is your school able to organize a field trip to the Regional and State Competitions to support its POL representative?

6.  How will you promote the NJ POL Residency Program to school and local community?

7. Please tell us anything else you think we should know about your students, school, or past residency experiences.

If you need clarification on any of the questions above, please contact Jim Devivo at (973) 514-1787 x14 or by email at education@wtnj.org

Once you have finished the application, please confirm your completion by sending a confirmation e-mail to the address you will find at the end of the survey.

NJ Poetry Out Loud Residency Application
If you have any questions about the application, please contact Jim DeVivo at 973-514-1787 x14 or by e-mail education@wtnj.org

Thank you! Once you have completed this form, please send a confirmation e-mail to education@wtnj.org

For more information on NJ Poetry Out Loud Residencies, please contact:

James Devivo
Director of Education
Writers Theatre of New Jersey
Phone: (973) 514-1787 x14
Email: JDevivo@wtnj.org

John Pietrowski
Artistic Director
Writers Theatre of New Jersey
Phone: (973) 514-1787 x10
Email: JPietrowski@wtnj.org

For more on NJ Poetry Out Loud Contests and general program information:

Kay Potucek
New Jersey Poetry Out Loud State Coordinator
Phone: (609) 474-0529
Email: njpol@wtnj.org

Robin Middleman
Senior Program Officer, Arts Education
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Phone: (609) 984-6815
Email: robin.middleman@sos.nj.gov