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CWLA and the Idea Public Charter School Partner to Host CWLA's First-Ever Youth Poetry Slam

Please join us at this celebration of youth creativity and self-expression, sponsored by the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

For more information, contact
Joyce Johnson
Phone: 804/492-4519
Cell: 703/980-7641

March 1, 2005, Washington, DC --

In January 2004, the IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast Washington, D.C. was irrevocably impacted by two cases of suspected arson. To aid in the healing process, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) introduced an innovative poetry curriculum to the 11th and 12th grade humanities students at IDEA. This unique project will culminate on the eve of the Poetry Slam as these impassioned and articulate youth speak out on the topics most relevant to their lives-ranging from overcoming gang and gun violence to issues of culture and diversity. Dr. Sylvia Spears and Ms. Erin Hazlett will facilitate a discussion following the Youth Poetry Slam. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Spears is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island. Additionally, she is an experienced trainer and presenter, specializing in cultural competence and diversity training. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Development and is a certified facilitator for the Franklin-Covey Leadership Center.

For the past nine years, Erin Hazlett has worked in the public and private sectors of elementary and middle school education as a classroom teacher, art teacher, teacher's aide, librarian, and ESL teacher. She currently teaches grades K-2 at the Compass Charter School in Rhode Island.
CWLA's National Conference, Children 2005: Crossing the Cultural Divide.

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Delaware Room
2660 Woodley Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00 P.M. EST.
Joyce Johnson, Director of Public Relations, 202/942-0244 or

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