March 15, 2003
Rothman pens article on how poetry can help school
leaders become more effective
"A Place for Poems," an essay by senior writing lecturer
Don Rothman, has been published in the March/April 2004 issue of Leadership,
a publication of the Association of California
"The essay describes what happens in the Central California Writing
Project summer institute on the teaching of writing when poetry enters
our collective work," Rothman says. "I discuss how poetry
helps teachers and administrators who intend to be effective school
leaders learn to name the world more accurately and more memorably.
My point is that educational leaders should use poetry's power to draw
out others' creativity and intelligence."
Drawing on Walt Whitman's The Wound Dresser, Bertolt Brecht's
Praise of Learning, Il Postino (a film about Pablo Neruda),
and Auden's Musee des Beaux Arts, Rothman urges educators to
write, as well. "The leader who writes, I propose, and who invites
others to join her, sustaining both courage and humility in the process,
celebrates the value of creativity and honors her colleagues' humanity,"
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