Poetry Out Loud 15-16 Informational Teleconference RSVP

This teleconference RSVP form is for school teachers, administrators and community volunteers interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud (POL) for the 2015-2016 school year. Program facilitators with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will hold two POL informational teleconferences: Sept. 1 and Sept. 16, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. Any public or private school that includes grades 9-12 is eligible to participate in POL. In some communities, partner organizations help to organize and implement POL programs. In these teleconferences, we will spend time orienting both new and past potential participants to the POL timeline and resources, answer questions about the program and logistics, and open discussion for groups to share their ideas about how to make the program work in diverse community situations.

The timeline for Poetry Out Loud this year is:

Sept 10, 2015: POL Informational Teleconference 1 (3:30 p.m.–RSVP required)
Sept 16, 2015: POL Informational Teleconference 2 (3:30 p.m.–RSVP required)

Oct 16, 2015: REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Jan 28, 2016: Rural School Competitions completed
Jan 29, 2016: Postmark deadline: Mail videos of rural school winners to POL Coordinator in Juneau
Feb 5, 2016: Deadline – All regional competitions must be completed
Feb 8, 2016: Deadline – All state finalist names to Juneau
March 15, 2016: Alaska POL Recitation Contest in Juneau
March 24, 2016: Deadline – State Winner to register for National Competition
May 2-4, 2016: National POL Recitation Contest in Washington, DC

Ten students from urban and regional competitions will move on to the State POL Finals in Juneau, and one Alaskan student will move on to the National Finals in Washington D.C. Student transportation and accommodations are provided for state finalists to attend the Alaska State competition, and the Alaska State Champion and a chaperone are provided transportation and accommodation for the National Finals. $50,000 were awarded at the National Finals in 2015, including a $20,000 scholarship to National Poetry Out Loud Champion from Alaska, Maeva Ordaz! For more information about Poetry Out Loud in Alaska visit the website hosted by the Alaska State Council on the Arts partner in Poetry Out Loud, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at http://www.jahc.org/poetry-out-loud or visit the national website at http://www.poetryoutloud.org/. To hear about the program from the 2014 Alaska State POL Finalists, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-favvXjQMM.

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