How It Works

How does Poetry Out Loud work in New Jersey?

Any teacher or administrator at a New Jersey public, charter, parochial school or home school organization serving grades 9-12, or the age/grade equivalent can register for the program.

Registered schools must implement the NJPOL program between the months of September – early January in any classroom, club or after-school program. Schools will receive:

  • Free multimedia toolkits, which include: a teacher's guide complete with lesson plans, audio and DVD support materials, and posters
  • Free, flexible curriculum plan
  • Updates and support from the NJPOL Coordinator and their prospective regional partner throughout the year. 

Schools must plan to host a school-wide or classroom-level competition in early January. Contests should include:

  • Minimum of two students
  • Contest judges
  • Each school selects one winner to attend a regional contest

Any school registering for NJPOL will receive book(s) of poetry from our partner, CavanKerry Press.