Education & the Arts

Foster Dickson is an award-winning teacher whose experience includes working with high school students, middle-grade youth in a summer camp, incarcerated men, and college freshmen. Foster has taught creative writing at an arts magnet high school since 2003 and regularly engages his students in experiential learning projects involving community partnerships or events. From 2009 through 2015, he coordinated education outreach efforts for the Alabama Book Festival; in 2013, he attended the Alabama Education Association‘s Emerging Leaders training; and in 2019, attended Arizona State University’s National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy.

Awards & Honors  •  School Garden  •  Poetry

Top posts about education:

“A Long Process: Reading, Writing, and How to ‘Fix’ Education” from February 2019

“When my school burned . . .” from August 2018

“We actually kinda do agree, Alabama” from June 2018

“Field Trips to Nowhere” from April 2018

“The Three-Legged Stool” from March 2018

“Year 15” from August 2017

“Falling short” from February 2017

“Could close reading save the world?” from January 2017

“Teach.” from December 2016

“Grow up.” from December 2016

“Who suspends a pre-schooler?” from June 2016

“Apoplectic, or I am more than a number.” from June 2016

“Tiny Glimmers of Hope” from May 2016

“What Foxfire could have been— and still could be” from January 2016

“Video: Community Legacy Project” from November 2015

“An Even Dozen (Years in the Classroom)” from June 2015

“In the beginning, there was . . . gravel and sand.” from March 2015

You can also read Foster’s essay, “Writing is Activism,” included in NPR’s This I Believe project in 2007.

In addition to teaching and writing, Foster Dickson was involved in the theater, mostly as a techie, in high school and college, and he has played guitar for about thirty years. Foster worked his first theatrical production as an eighth grader, opening and closing the grand drape for “Once Upon a Mattress” at his school, and was later in the Technical Theater program at the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center, the part-day forerunner of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, in high school. From 1987 – 1993, he worked shows at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the now-defunct Montgomery Little Theater, Huntingdon College’s now-gone Dungeon Theater, Theatre AUM, and Montgomery’s historic Davis Theater, and had a bit part in the 1980s Civil Rights-themed movie Long Walk Home, which was filmed in Montgomery. His one auspicious accomplishment as a guitarist has been playing lead guitar on the song “500 Miles” on Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead’s Where the Redbuds Bloom album, but you can also hear him playing the background music on the “Travels” videos for his Patchwork project in 2009 and 2010.


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