Taylor Mali on "What Teachers Make"





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Published on Oct 24, 2006

Taylor Mali (, one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet., gives his mind on what teachers make. Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation.

He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his New Teacher Project has a goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through "poetry, persuasion, and perseverance."

Please visit for more on Mali and his New Teacher Project.

Taylor Mali's comments on the video can be found here!


This video was produced and edited by Paul Devlin the director of SlamNation ( ), the pioneering film about slam poetry. It comes from the Finals of the National Poetry Slam in Providence, Rhode Island.


All proceeds earned from the monetization of this video are used to support and educate the next generation of our world's teachers.


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