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1 February 2022

"Checking Out Me History": Teaching Black Poetry

Heloise Spence

Creative Marketing Manager, Digital Theatre+

Mark Thompson recites "Checking Out Me History"

Checking Out Me History from the Poetry in Action series, available on Digital Theatre+

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Our latest Professional Learning Experience "Checking Out Me History": Teaching Black Poetry saw educators from around the world join together to get new ideas and inspiration to engage their students with poetry, and more specifically, the work of Black poets. 

Led by Digital Theatre+ Educator Success Specialist Dr Anna Bean, our engaging panel included Dr Wendy R. Coleman, educator and Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University in Montgomery (Alabama, USA) and Mark Thompson, award-winning poet, performer and educator (South London, UK). 

This invaluable session provided fascinating insights into how lived experience, history and culture help poets create their work to bring context to students' learning. Our panel also looked at key audience questions including what they consider to be 'Black poetry', teaching this content with positivity and addressing language.  

You can watch a short extract from the event below. To access the full webinar, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page. If you attended the event, you can also request a certificate of attendance to present to your school district for staff development credit hours; in order to do this, please email