• on April 23, 2019

Youngstown Diocese First in Nation with Poetry Rocks Schools

Poetry Rocks Schools, an Ohio-based educational digital resource provider, announces their new program in collaboration with Superintendent Mary Fiala and English Teacher Joy Huber at Cardinal Mooney High School on Tuesday, April 30th, from 9:50-11:20 AM.

This novel approach utilizes unique “poetry songs”—with students’ tastes in mind—providing unique classroom opportunities and experiences—to engage and intensify student creative involvement. WFMJ, WKBN, WYTV, The Youngstown Vindicator, and Warren Tribune Chronicle are invited to attend.

The Press Day will begin with an introduction by Joy Huber about how she uses Poetry Rocks Schools, followed by a demonstration of the digital resource, in a classroom setting. The demo will feature classroom exercises, streamed content, and various prompts to inspire student interaction, via www.poetryrocksschools.com.

The Diocese of Youngstown has purchased an annual subscription to Poetry Rocks Schools for all nineteen middle and high schools in the diocese.  Lori Crofford, Director of Instructional Technology and Professional Development for Diocese of Youngstown Schools stated, “Poetry Rocks Schools has created something very powerful.”

Permissions have been granted by all participants—for video, photo and interview opportunities—during the Press Day.

Poetry Rocks Schools is the brainchild of Youngstown native, and New Yorker, Larry Lozier. Lozier informs, “We are an innovative company that turns classic and modern poetry into lyrics; which are then utilized to create original songs.  Our standards-based lesson plans and click-and-play music videos make it easy for teachers to engage and inspire their students.” 

Interactive tools, integrated into our lesson plans—inspire students to get creatively involved. Using “music as the messenger,” students experience cross-curricular associations and meet common core standards. Our poetry songs—with lyrics rooted in English Language Arts—create learning opportunities across all disciplines.”

Students learn poetry through the familiar medium of contemporary music via a wide variety of styles—such as Pop, R&B, Dance/Hip Hop, Reggae, and Rock.  Poetry Rocks Schools currently includes songs based on poetry by Blake, Frost, Shakespeare, Twain, Eliot, Hughes and Angelou, among many others.

Songs can be previewed on our website, or via the following links:

Joy is an experienced Middle and High School English teacher with a Bachelor’s degree from YSU and Master’s Degree from Walsh University. Ms. Huber is also active in the educational community including as an Advisory Board Member of YSU English Festival.

Cardinal Mooney High School | 2545 Erie Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44507 | 330.788.5007

Larry Lozier, Co-Founder |917-570-6096 | larry@poetryrocksschools.com
Robert Nolfe, Co-Founder |917-674-3106 | rob@poetryrocksschools.com
Diane Mastro Nard, Head of Curriculum |330-509-4036 | diane@poetryrocksschools.com

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