English 360. Teaching the Humanities with New Media: A Poetry in America Practicum

Instructor: Elisa New
Day & Time: TBA 
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Humanists of the 21st century are looking at a changed professional landscape.  Major shifts in higher education, and in the college and university job market for humanists, predate the COVID-19 pandemic, but the pandemic has brought these shifts into starker relief--even as it has revealed new opportunities for humanists in the fields of digital learning and educational media production, K-12 education, higher education administration, education policy, and more.  

Teaching the Humanities with New Media: A Poetry in America Practicum will enable students to experience some of these newer career opportunities by “embedding” as teaching staff (G4+) or Research and Pedagogy Associates (G1-G3) in Poetry in America: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop, a for-credit course being offered to high-school students--most of them from Title I and Title I-eligible schools--across the US and around the world.  This fall’s practicum will provide students an opportunity to gain exposure to, and to build skills in, the world of online education, broadly defined. Poetry of the City (POTC) is offered in partnership with the National Education Equity Lab and with Arizona State University.  The course will be offered under auspices of ASU’s online high school, ASU Digital Prep Digital.

Students enrolled in the practicum will have official titled roles within the ASU course that may provide them useful credentials for the future.  

Visit poetryinamerica.org to learn more about Poetry in America and its programs.  To learn more about Poetry in America’s work with high-school learners, read this piece from Harvard Magazine.

This practicum is open to G1-G3 students in FAS seeking course credit, and to G4 students and above seeking paid teaching work. GSE students in any of the Master’s or PhD programs are welcome to apply, as well as undergraduates planning to pursue teaching careers

Note: This workshop will be graded as SAT/UNSAT and will count as a graduate course, though not toward the ten seminar requirement.