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ABL city-wide conference in Lawrence for grades 2-5: "Inside Out: What Are You All About?"

Andover Bread Loaf's Writing Leader program is a powerful educational tool for teaching and learning and for youth development. In 2015-16, ABL created school year Writing Leader classes that are taught at Lawrence High School (Rich Gorham) and Phillips Academy (Lou Bernieri). Here is a video produced by the Lawrence Public Schools on Rich Gorham's class.

This is where I'm from. This is home to me. from Elevated Thought on Vimeo.

This poem and video created by Amaryllis Lopez, an ABL Writing Leader and Elevated Thought Intern who is in her first year of college, is a beautiful testimony to her hometown, Lawrence, MA. Her poem speaks to the social and educational movement that youth are driving in the city and the ways in which they are reclaiming the narrative of their city and their lives.

Family Literacy Nights

ABL Family Literacy Nights can be done in schools or community organizations. This video offers suggestions on how to do them. For more information, contact Lou Bernieri, ABL Director.

"How To Eat A Poem" 2014

Andover Bread Loaf's fourth annual "How To Eat A Poem" conference held at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

South Lawrence East Family Literacy Night

Wetherbee School Family Literacy Night

Oliver School Family Literacy Night

ABL's annual Fall conference, "Write Your Promise," November 2013

Oliver School Fall Family Literacy Night

Bread Loaf

Our Promise. Our City.

ABL Write The Promise Conference, November 2013, Lawrence, MA.

Bread Loaf '13 Documentary

This video doc about Andover Bread Loaf's 2013 Lawrence Student Writers Workshop was directed and produced by Lydia Godo-Solo (P.A. 2013), who was one of our amazing Writing Leaders this year. Lydia taught a group of students in the workshop about documentary film. This is the video they created.


Watch a collection of Andover Bread Loaf students presenting their poetry from the Lawrence Student Writers Workshop held on July 12, 2013.

ABL in Springfield, MA

Family Literacy Night in Lawrence, MA

Family Literacy Night at the Robert Frost Elementary School in Lawrence, MA. Over 230 in attendance. ABL's Family Literacy Nights feature students and their families writing and sharing together.

How To Eat A Poem II Conference 2013

March 26, 2013, Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Lawrence, MA

Grace Beniquez

Andover Bread Loaf has a long history of helping teachers find their voice as writers. Grace Beniquez, who attended the 2009 ABLWW and teaches at City-As-School in Manhatten, has just published her first book of poems, LAZARUS BREAD. See her read one of her poems in the video below.

Our City, Our Story Conference

From the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. November 17th 2012.

ABL in South Africa

Watch videos from Imagine Scholar, whose Executive Director, Corey Johnson, completed the ABLWW in 2012 and is an active member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network.

ABL Writing Leaders

For 25 years the backbone of BLTN Lawrence has been ABL's Writing Leader program. Writing Leaders are middle, high school, and college youth who are trained to assist teachers and youth workers in literacy programs, organize workshops themselves, and serve as mentors for their peers and younger students. ABL has developed hundreds of Writing Leaders over the years, many of whom are now teachers.

Teach Lawrence

Teach Lawrence - Guatamala

ABL staff member Roberto German, a vital member of the Teach Lawrence movement, traveled to Guatemala in the summer of 2012 to bring the Bread Loaf magic to another corner of the earth.

How to Eat a Poem Conference

How To Eat A Poem conference for grades 1-4, March 24, 2012 at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.

2010 Andover Bread Loaf Documentary

This short documentary was done by a Bread Loaf Writing Leader, Michela Smith, the summer before she entered film school at Boston University. The day before the students final exhibition, we asked Michela if she could produce a short doc about the exhibition. Miraculously, what she created was a doc on the whole 3 week program.

Andover Bread Loaf Writing Workshop 2011

Andover Bread Loaf's Lawrence Student Writers Workshop, July 2011:
A Lawrence Reniassance in the Making

The video below is a compilation of participant testimonials on the 2011 program. We believe their reflections bear witness to the power of democratic educational methods and their potential for transforming teaching and learning.

Student leaders in Lawrence are an integral part of the work of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network.