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Gotta Stay Fresh: Why We Need Hip-Hop in Schools

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Hip-hop education helps teachers engage and connect with all learners

By infusing lessons with content that is relevant to students' lives, inspires their curiosity, and fires up their intellect, teachers can use hip-hop education to help students better take in information and think critically about concepts, inside and outside the classroom.

This must-have resource:
  • Presents the what, why, and how of using hip-hop education in every classroom
  • Lays out five elements of hip-hop and maps them to instructional approaches and learning objectives, such as synthesizing new information, social emotional learning, cultural and linguistically responsive teaching, and arts education)
  • Suggests an approach to lesson planning using the structure of a hip-hop song: use cultural references to inspire curiosity (Intro); engage students with core content through interactive experiences, exploratory activities, and games (Verse); ensure that students comprehend the information and can demonstrate their knowledge (Coda); and provide differentiation options (Remix)

Fondly known as the Fresh Professor, James Miles uses classroom anecdotes, personal storytelling, and easy-to-grasp ideas to engage and inspire teachers to integrate hip-hop concepts and ideas into their classrooms, even if they aren't familiar with the approach (or the music), so students feel like they belong and their voice matters, and so they're successful in school and beyond.

ISBN-13: 9781631988769

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

Publication Date: 12-05-2023

Pages: 208

Product Dimensions: 9.26h x 7.33w x 0.30d

Series: Free Spirit Professional(tm)

Fondly known as the Fresh Professor, James Miles worked as an artist and educator in New York City for 20 years prior to moving to Seattle in 2016. Before joining the faculty of Seattle University as Assistant Professor, James served as the Chief Executive Officer of MENTOR Washington and the Executive Director of Arts Corps, prior to that. Originally from Chicago, Miles has worked internationally as an artist and educator, who was inspired to foment change after seeing so many children that looked like him get disregarded and treated like criminals by our educational systems.

In New York City, he was the Director of Education at Urban Arts Partnership, where he created the Fresh Education program that used original hip hop music and theatre to boost academic success in middle school ELA and Social Studies classrooms. The arts infused and standards aligned Curriculum Guide that he designed has been used around the world, and has inspired many educators and adults to shift how they teach, work with, and speak to youth of all ages.

James has facilitated workshops and designed curriculum for the New Victory Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Disney Theatrical Group, Village Theatre, Arts Impact, Denver Center, Impact Schools, and others. Previously a professor at NYU, James taught a myriad of classes, ranging from Acting and Directing to EdTech and Special Education. A graduate of Morehouse College and Brandeis University, James has provided professional development to teachers across the world, and has presented at SXSW EDU, NYU's IMPACT Festival, New York Creative Tech Week, EdTechXEurope, Google Educator Bootcamp, and more. His work has been featured in media including Pie News, New Profit, Complex Magazine, Seattle Times, NPR, CBS, NBC, US Department of Education, and ASCD.