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Poetry Out Loud: Program Materials & Schedule

Poetry Out Loud: Program Materials & Schedule

Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include:

2019 Illinois poetry out loud Regional Contest Schedule

CENTRAL REGION
Date & Start Time: February 13, 2019, 4:00 PM
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701
Contact: Sheila Walk, 217-381-8206

Chicagoland Region – Chicago Schools
Date & Start Time: February 6, 2019, 10:00 AM
Location: The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654
Contact: Timothy David Rey, 773-540-3879

Chicagoland Region – SUBURBAN SCHOOLS
Date & Start Time: February 13, 2019, 10:00 AM
Location: The Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654
Contact: Timothy David Rey, 773-540-3879

Eastern Region
Date & Start Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Kelly White

Northern Region
Date & Start Time: February 20, 2019, 6:00 PM 
Location: Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101 
Contact: Sharon Nesbit-Davis

South Central Region
Date & Start Time: February 15, 2019, 4:00 PM
Location: Schmidt Art Center, SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave.,
Belleville, IL 62221
Contact: Amy Brockman     

Southern Region
Date & Start Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Lisa Janssen

Western Region
Date & Start Time: February 10, 2019, 3:00 PM
Location: Annawan High School, 501 W. South Street, Annawan, IL 61234
Contact: Tracy Alan White, 563-579-7630

TYPICAL YEARLY POETRY OUT LOUD SCHEDULE

Typically all Illinois regional Poetry Out Loud contests are held throughout the month of February. The Illinois state contest is held in early March.

The national contest is held in Washington, D.C., normally in April, and the Illinois state contest winner must register to participate in the national POL contest by mid-March. These dates may shift depending on the scheduled date for the national contest.

Teachers and students should plan on spending approximately three weeks on the POL curriculum materials and preparing for their school’s contest. The schedule for the eight regional contests to be held in Illinois will be posted on this website in early January, providing a window for scheduling the school contest.

Students must participate in a school-level contest prior to competing in a regional contest. All regional contests require that schools register with the regional POL coordinator, the name of their school’s contest winner and the poems to be recited.

Consider the timing of the regional contest for your school when planning the introduction of the POL curriculum and scheduling a school contest.

The POL Teacher’s Guide and list of approved poems is posted on the official Poetry Out Loud website, www.poetryoutloud.org. Teacher’s Guides are updated annually. Reviewing the Teacher’s Guide from a previous year should provide a good understanding of how to plan using Poetry Out Loud in the classroom and how to organize a classroom and/or school contest. Hard copies of the up-to-date Teacher’s Guide are sent to the regional POL coordinators sometime in the fall, an exact date is not known at this time. Contact your regional coordinator to request a hard copy POL Teacher’s Guide.