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Who Are the Navajo Kentuckians, and Why Should We Care?

posted: 6.18.15 by Andrea Lunsford

I first met Brent Peters, English teacher from Fern Creek Traditional High School in Kentucky, when he was pursuing a Master’s degree at The Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont, and I knew at first glance that I was talking to someone very special. As I got to know him better, I learned about the food literacy initiative Brent and colleague Joe Franzen were undertaking at their school. [read more]

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Collaboration at the Santa Fe Indian School

posted: 4.23.15 by Andrea Lunsford

When Susan Miera—who did her MA degree at the Bread Loaf School of English and is a leader in the Bread Loaf Teacher Network—invited me to join her and colleagues and students in Santa Fe, I jumped at the chance.  I’ve known “Ms. Miera,” as she is lovingly known by legions of high schoolers, for many years, and I’ve worked with a number of Native American students she has mentored—and sent to Stanford.  She’s a whirlwind of energy, and I know that I will always learn something new from her.  This visit was no exception. [read more]

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What happens when teachers of writing from around the world get together?

posted: 7.31.14 by Andrea Lunsford

Good things happen.  Big things.  Small things.  Things that will help students happen—and keep on happening.

At least that’s been my experience working over the last 15 years with Bread Loaf International Conferences.  The first one occurred in Karachi in 2000, and the one next month in Haiti’s Port-au-Prince will be followed by one in Mumbai in August 2015.  These conferences are modeled on, and inspired by, the Andover/Bread Loaf Program (ABL), begun 27 years ago by Bread Loaf graduate and Phillips Academy teacher Lou Bernieri. [read more]

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Bread Loaf Anyone?

posted: 7.17.14 by Andrea Lunsford

In late June, I drove from the Burlington airport down Route 116, eventually turning east on Route 125 to drive up into the Green Mountains to Bread Loaf, a campus of Middlebury College that looks up toward Bread Loaf Mountain.  For many of the last twenty-five summers, I have made this trek, yet every time I make the drive it is entirely new. [read more]

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Bread Loaf

posted: 7.19.12 by Andrea Lunsford

Recently I wrote about an encounter with a schools-and-teachers basher whose adamant statements were based on no information or evidence, or at least none I could detect.  I met this character on my way to visit the Bread Loaf Graduate School of English campus at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.  I’ve written about Bread Loaf before, the school associated with Middlebury College that has offered MA and MPhil degrees in English for over ninety years.  Its home campus sits atop Bread Loaf Mountain in Vermont, and together with sister campuses in Asheville, Santa Fe, and Lincoln College, Oxford, it attracts some 400 students every summer, almost all of them teachers on “summer vacation.”  Five summers of seven-week sessions taking three courses yields an MA.  For my money, Bread Loaf is the best teacher development program in the country:  distinguished faculty from across the country gather with  the students for an intense summer of writing, reading, and talking about language, literature, rhetoric—and most of all about students and learning.  In addition to coursework, most teachers there devote themselves to preparations of the coming school year. [read more]

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