CONVERGENT VOICE™ Changes The Literacy Recreation

March 11, 2023 / PRZen / FLINT, Michigan — It was the autumn of 2022 and organizers of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English eagerly awaited their Centennial Conference in Lansing, Michigan. Their keynote speaker, Semaj Brown, Poet Laureate of Flint, Michigan and Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, 2021, knowledgeable them of her particular presentation, “PSL, Poetry as a Second Language: The Semajian Method,” and that she can be launching her multimedia youth platform, BLACK DANDELION: CONVERGENT VOICE™(BDCV), one thing they’d not skilled earlier than in training. It is an intergenerational, futuristic platform that makes use of ‘utilized poetry’ as an integrative instrument. The platform will increase literacy capability, enhances skill-based studying, and will increase vital considering, emotional intelligence, and cognitive enlargement throughout disciplines of science and humanities.

According to analysis, the pandemic has deepened disparities in literacy charges. Students in decrease performing faculties fell additional behind, probably widening the already present achievement hole between wealthy and poor. The COVID pandemic with its isolation and digital training exacerbated the issue of youngsters not studying on the classroom degree. The downside of younger folks studying properly beneath their degree will increase exponentially once they attend excessive poverty faculties.

Semaj Brown’s presentation didn’t disappoint. After receiving a rousing standing ovation, phrase of her new platform rapidly unfold throughout the state of Michigan, with a number of academics asking to provoke BLACK DANDELION: CONVERGENT VOICE™ of their school rooms. Within per week, Brown was peppered with further requests from Colorado, California and Togo, West Africa. It’s official, the multimedia platform based mostly on a single poem is now worldwide.

“Semaj Brown’s keynote speech was a vision. It was one of what education could be – and should be – in a just world that is just, diverse and inclusive. She fused science, art, storytelling and language into a tapestry for everyone in that room to discover. I think this is what led to her standing ovation: the perfectly articulate, deliberate way in which Semaj connected with every teacher in the room in such a short space of time.” Carrie Mattern, President-elect of MCTE, Michigan Council of Teachers of English, Flint Courier News

When requested how she developed the multimedia platform, the prize-winning instructor and Poet Laureate defined: “Words are the constructing blocks of language, simply as cells are the constructing blocks of the dwelling. Each phrase is a world, together with synonyms, antonyms, histories and mysteries, a universe of tales to discover. The BLACK DANDELION: CONVERGENT VOICE™ platform is rethinking training,” said Brown.

On March 18, 2023, in commemoration of Women’s History Month, the Flint Public Library will host Semaj Brown as one of the women in Flint they celebrate as a storyteller. Brown will feature video presentations from students at the Konoura School in Togo, West Africa, along with presentations from high school students from Peckham Career Academy and the Holmes STEM Middle School Academy. Greater Heights Academy students will deliver their presentations in person at a community-wide BLACK DANDELION: CONVERGENT VOICE™ workshop. Brown has included notable women scientists: Sunada Samaddar Carrado, Sonya Pouncy, Darolyn Brown and Edith Withey to serve as panelists to discuss the Black Dandelion poem. The program is free and open to the public.

With the instant success of BLACK DANDELION: CONVERGENT VOICE™, Brown is seeking corporate support and funding for this innovative platform. For more information on this new transformative educational tool, BLACK DANDELION: CONVERGENT VOICE™, click this link:

About Semaj Brown: She is Flint, Michigan’s inaugural Poet Laureate and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship Award, 2021. She is also an award-winning teacher and author of the book “Bleeding Fire! Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light.” An excerpt of the recording is featured in the national television commercial AT&T Dream in Black, Black Future Makers Afrofuturistic Lifestyle. For more information on the evolution of the Black Dandelion poem, visit:

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