Indiana Partnership for Young Writers | Anthology showcases 175 young authors, award-winning illustrator

The Indiana Partnership for Young Writers, a program of the Butler University College of Education, will release its sixth anthology of student writing on December 14, 2015. The book, titled Listening Still, features poems, essays, articles and fiction by 175 students in grades pre-K through eight. The work comes from 29 schools in Indiana.

listening still coverThe featured texts were chosen from close to 1,000 submissions and represent the diverse array of genres that are taught in classrooms with rigorous writing workshops. The works exhibit the same characteristics as prized literature—understanding of audience and purpose, strong voice and intentional application of a variety of literary devices.

“What’s most impressive about the texts in this book—and in writing workshop—is the clear sense that these writers have something to say and can approximate the work of the professional authors they read,” said Susan Adamson, director of the Partnership.

As the student writing was compiled, Adamson saw four themes emerging—students finding beauty in the world, discovering the power of observation, wrestling with complex thinking and social issues, and experimenting with humor and joyful word play. These themes provide the frames for the four distinct chapters of Listening Still.

The anthology’s impact is heightened by four original paintings created specifically for the book by highly acclaimed artist Michele Wood. Recipient of a prestigious American Book Award and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, Wood crafted the paintings in response to the student-authored texts. Inspired by the students’ words and her trademark connections to both the natural world and her cultural history, Wood responded with images from her childhood, an interpretive farm scene, sunrise over the ocean and a resilient single flower gilded with gold leaf.

Listening Still will be unveiled at a public celebration at Christian Theological Seminary’s Shelton Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on December 14.

Lab School Yoga Featured on TV with Nikki Myers

Set your DVR’s for a very cool segment about teaching yoga at the Lab School with world-renowned yogi Nikki Myers and Lab School yoga instructor Heather Williams.  This program will air starting Tuesday, June 11, 6:00pm, on COMCAST Channel 20 and Bright House Channel 99.  It will replay for a month every Tuesday- 6p, Friday- 8p and Sunday- 11a.  Be sure to watch and learn more about the great program teaching students yoga at the Lab School, as well as learn some yoga poses from Nikki and Heather!


A Great Day at Butler Bound

The COE has been excited for several weeks to meet admitted students and their families at the Butler Bound event which was held on Friday, February 22nd.  Despite ice and snow throughout the surrounding area, we had just shy of 100% attendance and met so many amazing students and families on Friday!

The day started at Clowes Hall in the Krannert Room and included at visit to the Butler Lab School and an option to attend the Butler vs. Saint Louis mens basketball game that evening.  Current students, faculty, staff and alumni were all involved in the day and spoke about the COE and the great experiences and education available here.  Our students and alumni did a great job of expressing how the COE feels like “home” and supports students in all their interests and preparation.

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We can’t wait to see these admitted students on campus in August as they begin the amazing experience of being a Butler student!  Thanks to all the students and families who braved the weather to be a part of this day, and to all the faculty, students, alumni and staff who spent time preparing and presenting at this event.

Butler Bound is Coming Up!

We are looking forward to inviting accepted students and their families to learn more about Butler and the COE on February 22, 2013!  We have a great day planned including a visit the Lab School, a basketball game, an alumni panel, plus so  much more!

Alumni- are you interested in coming to speak and be a part of our Alumni Panel?  We’d love to have you share your experiences as a COE graduate with accepted students.  If you are interested, please contact Brandie Oliver at

Can’t wait to meet the future leaders of our college and education at this and other events for prospective and accepted students this year!



The COE is Going Down Under!

You won’t want to miss an opportunity to travel with the COE this May to HAWAII AND AUSTRALIA!

We’re planning a short-term study abroad to Honolulu and Sydney on May 18-28, 2013!  All are welcome, including current students, alumni, faculty and staff.  More information available on the link below.  We hope to travel with you!

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