Poet Sandy Lyne will return to Lawrence schools for two weeks to work with students, teachers and parents.
Lyne, a prize-winning poet, first conducted workshops in Lawrence in November 1994. His periodic visits, which will stretch over six years, are the result of a business-education partnership of the school district, Mercantile Bank of Lawrence and the Lied Center at Kansas University.
The goal of the partnership is to enhance development of reading, writing and critical-thinking skills for students and to provide additional language arts development opportunities for students, teachers and parents.
"Note the inclusion of parents in our mission, because they are absolutely key to the success of this program," said Terry Boyer, Mercantile senior vice president, who coordinates the bank's partnership.
Among the highlights of Lyne's upcoming two-week stay here will be a workshop for parents of students who have participated in classroom workshops with him. The parent workshop will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
Boyer said it's possible room may be available to parents whose children haven't worked with the poet. Parents who need more information about the workshop may call Bev Springer at the school district service center, 832-5000.
Lyne also will work in four elementary school classrooms, two junior high classrooms and two high school classrooms during his stay, which starts Monday. And he'll work with teachers who did not participate in his workshops during his first visit, as well as conduct refresher workshops for teachers with whom he's worked before.
Lyne is founder and director of the Inner Writer Program and has 15 years' experience in teaching poetry writing at the University of Virginia, in the Kennedy Center's educational programs and as a visiting artist in schools. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares and others.