The international environmental poetry and art program, River of Words (ROW), has joined the Kalmanovitz School of Education family. The program, under the leadership of its co-founder, Pamela Michael, will be housed in the new Center for Environmental Literacy (CEL) located in Filippi Academic Hall, Rm. 250-2.

River of Words is internationally recognized for its unique pedogogic model that integrates science, art and poetry in a place-based K-12 curriculum. Since 1995, River of Words has encouraged young people to explore and savor the watersheds where they live and trained educators to guide them with inspiration and passion. Through professional development and other educational services, traveling exhibits, publications and community programs, ROW reaches thousands of educators and young people around the world.

ROW was co-founded in 1995 by Michael and then-US Poet Laureate (and SMC alum) Robert Hass. One of the program's most noteworthy events, conducted in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book, is a free, annual international poetry and art contest for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. ROW has donated their collection of children's art-the largest in the world-to Saint Mary's Hearst Art Gallery, which will exhibit the work and make it available for scholarly research. There are many opportunities available for SMC faculty to collaborate with this innovative and dynamic program through the Center for Environmental Literacy. Please drop by to introduce yourself to Pamela and her staff and also seek to learn more about her work with K-12 teachers and students by visiting their website at River of Words.

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