“I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn't that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.” ― Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X

In the National Book Award winning novel The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo explores how words can bring people and communities together. This summer’s Habla Teacher Institute will focus on the various ways we can bring powerful words to our classroom. Often in schools we take the power out of words by relegating them to spelling bees, vocabulary lists, and standardized tests. This institute will seek to bring the power back to words in educational settings by exploring how we can generate a renewed energy in the way we teach writing, reading, literature, language, and the arts. A constellation of additional poems and children’s books will supplement our core text The Poet X.


The institute is for teachers of every level from college to pre-school. Although the institute is presented bilingually in Spanish and English—all languages are welcome.


Space is limited to the first 50 participants who register.

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Early Bird Registration

Enjoy our early bird discount and pay $1,050 if you reserve your space* before March 1st, 2020.

*Initial deposit of $250.00 USD must be paid to reserve your space and receive the early bird discount. Pay the initial deposit here. Once we received your registration and initial deposit, we will send you an email confirmation with a PayPal request for $1,050.

2020 Institute Cost 

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