Tag Archives: urban education

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My Book is Coming Soon!

My first book is about to drop very soon! Stay tuned for more info! #HipHopEd

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A White Teacher Reviews Emdin’s “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…”

If I had read Dr. Chris Emdin’s newest book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…And the Rest of Ya’ll Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (2016) prior to my first year of teaching, I would have been so much more equipped to work with urban youth of color…For White Folks tears down the shroud that has been concealing what many white teachers have known, even subconsciously, but been too afraid to confront; that we have been complicit in the oppressive structures of schooling and that this complicity has consequently severed our ties, not only to our students and their humanity, but to ourselves as human beings in the process of becoming…I read For White Folks less as an indictment of white teachers and more as a love letter to them, from someone who genuinely cares about students and teachers. And like Emdin reminds us, “you cannot teach someone you do not believe in.”

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Updates: Hamilton Curriculum, SXSW edu, & My First Book

Hey all, I haven’t written in while, but that’s only because I’m working on some EXTRA dope projects that I’ll be sharing with you shortly! For now, here’s a few updates on recent, current, and future projects.

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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 […]

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Why Schools Should Include Hip-Hop In The Curriculum

Most classes start with a “Do Now” or “Warm-Up.” Mine often start with a hip-hop cypher. In a cypher, students stand in a circle, spread at equal distances, and one at a time, contribute a rhyme, line of poetry, thought, idea, or affirmation. This circle is the pedagogical foundation of the work I do in […]