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Facing the Sky: Composing Through Trauma in Word and Image

Date: August 25, 2016

Summary: How can art and creative expression help us cope with and heal from trauma? NWP Radio talked with Roy Fox, author of Facing the Sky: Composing Through Trauma in Word and Image, who argues that personal writing is valuable both because of it helps students build critical thinking and composition skills, and because it helps them come to terms with trauma.


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Roy Fox on a conversation with a principal that highlighted the need for professional development focused on personal writing:

Basically she was saying 'well, our teachers don't teach writing because they don't know how,' and then she said that she, the principal, spends every day talking kids down....My gosh, you know, we can put two and two together."

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