The YES Foundation

YES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

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Mail: P.O. Box 2, San Anselmo, CA 94979

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Ross Valley School District

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Poetry

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - WB Yeats

YES funded poetry is managed by lead poetry teacher Matt Davis, Ph.D. who, with Elizabeth Miller, teaches eight weekly forty-five-minute sessions in grades 2 through 8.

The focus of the poetry program is to develop innovative lessons that encourage student engagement; participation in enriching, thoughtful, vibrant learning experiences; opportunities for creative expression; and communication of thought and ideas in both “traditional” and non-traditional ways.

In addition the poetry classes are designed to create ever greater self-awareness; appreciation for diverse perspectives; opportunities for students to express their questions, reflections and inspirations; and facility with the process of feedback and revision. Partnering with classroom teachers, the developmentally appropriate lessons are also designed to reflect Common Core and curricular standards and goals.