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CLAS Journal Online

Our CLAS journal, Statement, is now online. Visit us at Statement Online. Read the most recent edition, browse archives, and learn how you can submit your writing.

CLAS Board Spotlight

Julia Torres, our 2015-2016 CLAS President, pictured with Mike Wenk at the CLAS Fall Regional Conference.


Mark Your Calendars!

To register for the CLAS Fall Regional Conference, please visit our conference page.

CLAS Student Writing Contest

CLAS is hosting a writing contest for students of the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. We have established this event as a way of inviting broader participation from teachers and students all over Colorado, allowing students the chance to not only be published and presented (at the following year’s CLAS Conference), but also to provide students with an authentic audience. Please consider having your students participate in one of our four categories – Narrative, Informative, Opinion/Argument, or Poetry. Questions? Contact Tracy Brennan, the Contest Chair at . For more info, click here.  

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud — a national poetry performance competition — awards $50,000 in cash and school stipends to participating students. Poetry Out Loud (POL) gives young writers and thinkers a chance to express themselves through poetry and get their voices heard. This year, POL is partnering with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and Colorado Creative Industries to host the state finals here in Colorado, on March 15, 2016, at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Students who participate in the state finals are eligible to win cash prizes and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC to compete in the national championship in April. Please mark your calendars with this list of important deadlines for 2016. Every year, thousands of teachers integrate Poetry Out Loud into their curriculum using a free Teacher Toolkit (found here) with an easy-to-use, standards-based plan that includes posters and lesson materials. To have the toolkit sent to you for free via snail mail, please email me (Rachael Deagman, State Coordinator) with your name, the name of your school, and mailing address.


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