Page last updated December 3, 2020.
The Poets in the Schools program, supported by the Ontario Arts Council, is currently closed for virtual class visits.
This application is designed for a poet to submit their own application. If you are an educator seeking a poet to bring to your classroom, check out this directory and reach out to a poet to start the process!
For information about funding general public online events (not school visits), visit this page!
Please note: This funding program is now closed.
Poet’s location: This funding is primarily reserved for Ontario poets, with a limited amount available for poets residing elsewhere in Canada
Payment: This funding is available only for Full Members of the League of Canadian Poets. Poets will be paid $500 per presentation, to a maximum of $3,000, for events before March 31, 2021.
Schools: Poets must have made an initial arrangement with a school to participate in the program but do not have an exact date in place in advance.
Presentation/event: Poets will deliver a presentation for virtual classroom use. Presentations must be a minimum of 20 minutes which can be divided into more than one presentation (e.g. two 10-min presentations or four 5-min readings) excluding exercises/activities.
The virtual presentation should include resources for teachers to use with the class on the presented material. Resources should include a minimum of 5 – 7 questions for the class and 2 exercises related to the presented material.
The virtual presentation will be available for the teacher to present to students on the teacher’s schedule but may also involve a live component keeping privacy and security issues for students in mind.
Examples of presentations:
- A Zoom meeting between teacher and poet recorded and available for student viewing,
- A short video to use with the supplementary exercises
- A live virtual visit on platform like Zoom or Facetime, etc.
Check out Tips for Virtual Presentations from the Writer’s Union of Canada.
Equity initiative: Applications from poets who self-identify as belonging to one of the Canada Council’s priority groups (Deaf/Disabled, Indigenous, racialized, cultural minority) and/or as LGBTQI2S will be prioritized. As well, priority will be given to partnerships with schools in Northern Ontario.