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The Conversation: Hip-Hop Education #HipHopEd

Several months ago, I had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable conversation about hip-hop education with some of my colleagues at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. As part of the series, “The Conversation,” facilitated by Brennan DuBose, our dialogue explored the intersections of hip-hop and education from multiple perspectives. Discussion participants include Ian […]

Hip-Hop Education: An Interview with Dr. David Kirkland of NYU

As part of a series of interviews with scholars, teachers, and students about the intersections of hip hop, spoken word poetry, and urban education, we interviewed Dr. David Kirkland of New York University. Dr. Kirkland is a transdisciplinary scholar of English and urban education, who explores the intersections among urban youth culture, language and literacy, urban […]

16 Days of American Schooling

1. This syllabus is now your God. Don’t act like you weren’t told. Everything is here in black and white. My expectations are clear. You will sign this. Your parents will sign this. You see my late policy. You see our classroom norms. Don’t act like you don’t know, because now you know. 2. I […]

Firefly: A Summertime Poem

that was the summer our gardens grew wildly. our flowers bent towards the coast instead of the sun. that star was a firefly we kept in a glowing jar. she was the one who hired the moon to be our magician. it tried to trick us but we laughed in its face and blew a […]


there are airplanes landing in my palms. they taxi up my wrists and then my arms. I peek inside the tiny windows and every passenger is you. across my chest is a big sign that says ‘arrivals’. when you touch down I will run through every terminal, every dark runway inside me to meet you […]