New Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings Initiative: Words Unlocked

The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings’ new project, Words Unlocked, is a month-long initiative that includes practitioner-ready curricular materials, a nationwide competition, and publishing venues for student work.


All materials for the initiative are available at our wiki site, Words Unlocked. The wiki has a robust set of tools available for public use: daily lesson plans and teacher-ready classroom materials, rubrics and assessments, teacher tips, and more. It includes both a seven-day and a month-long poetry curriculum. Handouts and classroom materials are available in SMARTBoard, ActivBoard, MS Word, and PDF formats.

Words Unlocked includes a nationwide poetry competition open to any youth held in a secure facility. Poets R. Dwayne Betts and Jimmy Santiago Baca will serve as the lead judges. In addition, we will engage the public in the judging by running a nationwide poll using Twitter.

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