B.J. BUCKLEYB.J. Buckley

B.J. Buckley is a poet and writer with over 30 years of experience in Artist-In-Schools programs throughout the Dakotas and the West. Her residencies emphasize a joyful process of writing as a way to discover both the external world and the internal landscape of the mind and heart. She encourages teachers to be active partners and collaborators in all residency activities. Buckley incorporates other art forms such as bookmaking, origami, illustration, and oral performance into her residencies, and makes an effort to introduce her students to the best work of writers in their region and across other cultures.  She has extensive experience working with Native American students, ESL and special needs students, and senior citizens, and in healthcare settings.  Her poetry has won numerous awards and is widely published in text and on-line journals.
All her activities support the Common Core Standards in Language Arts, and she continues to seek out professional development opportunities which will help her better serve teachers and students alike.  Among these have been workshops in Understanding the Common Core Standards – Great Falls, Montana - October 2012; Native American Ledger Art Workshop - First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park, Great Falls-Ulm, Montana - 2012 and 2013; Defining Arts Integration, Reading Portraits as Biographies, Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe-Infer-Inquire, Documenting the Power of Learning Through the Arts - Presented by Melanie Layne, course leader and program consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, Washington, DC.  July, 2013; and Visual Thinking Strategies, September 2013.

Grade levels: Pre-K-12, Adult
B.J. Buckley
Power, MT 59468
Email:  wild4verses@yahoo.com

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