Amplify teams up with Poetry in America to produce engaging ELA content for middle schoolers

Brooklyn, NY – (4/15/19): Amplify, a publisher of next-generation curriculum and assessment programs, announced today that it is partnering with Poetry in America® to help bring poetry to life in middle school classrooms through its Amplify ELA program. Amplify will work closely with Poetry in America’s creator, Elisa New, to develop new lessons and content that get students and teachers truly excited about poetry.
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The online lessons will include tips for leading rich classroom discussions on poetry and videos of a wide variety of interpreters close reading poems. Interpreters include Shaquille O’Neal, Angela Duckworth, Regina Spektor, Joe Biden, Shiza Shahid, Anson Dorrance, Elizabeth Alexander, Richard Blanco, and Duy Doan.

“We often hear from teachers that they would love to teach poetry but steer away from it, worried that it might be hard for their students to grasp,” said Deb Sabin, chief academic officer of Amplify ELA. “Elisa New’s lively approach to poetry showcased in Poetry in America made her our top choice to help out our teachers!”

“Poetry in America is delighted to partner with Amplify ELA in sharing new approaches to reading and teaching poetry in middle school settings,” said Elisa New. “A half an hour’s study of a poem can foster lively classroom engagement, and help build student competence—and confidence—with complex texts.”

About Amplify

A pioneer in K–12 education since 2000, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and assessment. Our captivating core and supplemental programs in ELA, math, and science engage all students in rigorous learning and inspire them to think deeply, creatively, and for themselves. Our formative assessment products turn data into practical instructional support to help all students build a strong foundation in early reading and math. All of our programs provide teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of every student. Today, Amplify serves more than four million students in all 50 states. For more information, visit

About Poetry in America

Poetry in America is a multiplatform initiative that brings poetry into classrooms and living rooms around the world. Created by Harvard professor Elisa New, Poetry in America, in partnership with Harvard, offers for-credit as well as non-credit courses for online learners, including K-12 teachers and students. The public television series Poetry in America (American Public Television, 2018) is airing now on stations nationwide. For more information visit



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