Vogts mentioned on NYT education blog

This is a pretty proud day for me.
Last year while working as a teacher in western Kansas, I had my journalism students take part in an activity honoring the anniversary of the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Today, on the eve of the 11th anniversary of that horrendous act upon this country, The New York Times‘ education blog — The Learning Network — featured a story on the result of this project, which was a video that had the students read verses of a free-verse poem created from their own feelings of the event combined with images of meaningful words drawn on their hands (I shared it last year here: link).
The article is great. It really shows how it all came together. It was an incredible feat of collaboration, and it proves the classroom walls don’t have to limit a school to what it can achieve.
Of course, I wouldn’t have achieved this moment of pride (I mean, I’m named on the New York Times’ website . . . how neat is that?) if it weren’t for the other incredible educators who helped get it all together. They were kind enough to let my students and myself into the blogging community that had created. They are all from Iowa, and they’re names are Bev Berns, Shaelynn Farnsworth, Shawn Hyer and Erin Olson. Their schools, in order, are Waukon, B.C.L.U.W., Van Meter and Sioux Central .
I owe special thanks to Shaelynn Farnsworth. She is the one who really got me involved and has been a fantastic mentor and friend.
It was a very cool project, and it is something I hope to replicate at my new school.
Speaking of which, as some of you may know, I have move to Sterling, Kansas.  I bought a house, and I’m settling in quite nicely. I’m really starting to feel like I’m part of the community.
Someday soon I will post photos. Stay tuned for that, but until then, check out The Learning Network post. I am so incredibly proud of being a part of that project.
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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at twitter.com/toddvogts or via his website at www.toddvogts.com.