Teacher Day, historically the first day of our four-day Festival, is designed especially for educators like you, who want to rejuvenate your love for poetry, discover new voices, reconnect with special poems, share your work at open readings, see old friends, and receive a free Teachers Kit filled with poems and activities to bring back to your school.

This year, due to the ongoing unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Dodge Poetry Festival will be entirely virtual. 

The Festival will run from October 22 - November 1, and we will have special programming for teachers streaming in the afternoons (EST) Monday - Friday, October 26-30. These videos will also be available on-demand for teachers who register for a free Education Pass.

Visit www.dodgepoetryfestival.org to get your free Education Pass, which will give you full access to all of the Festival livestreams and Q&As as well as on-demand access to the videos after the Festival. Captioning will be available for all Dodge Poetry Festival Events.

The Festival will include individual and group poetry readings and performances, panel talk and discussions among several poets, Q&A with poets, open mic opportunities and more.

The Benefits of Teacher Day

  •  Revitalize your creativity and love of lifelong learning

  • Receive Professional Development Hours for your participation

  • Address the requirements of New Jersey Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Receive the free Festival Teachers Kit, which includes Festival Poet poems, bios, quotes and reading lists on easy-to-reproduce poet pages and teaching ideas for classroom use
  • Hear directly from poets about their writing process and their creative lives
  • Connect with poets representing various schools of poetry, cultures and points of view
  • Discover contemporary poetry you can bring back to your classroom

Questions? Contact us at teacherday(at)grdodge(dot)org or (973) 695-1190.