"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” -Einstein
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,
LA Phil and YOLA operate the Partners in Music Learning grant initiative that provides funding to music programs in underserved communities across the U.S., supporting capacity building and increasing youth access to music learning opportunities. This initiative has also created a national music educator cohort that serves as a community for these organizations that provides support, fellowship and solutions.
The National YOLA Accelerator is a two-day event that invites the grantees of the Partners in Music Learning initiative to come together to share learning, sharpen skills and brainstorm innovative solutions to the challenges of music education. James is answering a call for help from many music educators and program directors in integrating themselves in their communities more authentically, invigorating their curriculums to make it accessible and representative of all young people, and identifying authentic leadership pathways that fosters youth empowerment.
To fully meet the needs of young people, we must understand the neuroscience of behavior and how we can redirect the myelinated pathways that have formed since the onslaught of COVID-19. It is equally important to inculcate evidence-based practices in arts education and social emotional learning, providing new ideas and strategies for the classroom teachers. As artist Yasiin Bey states
James talks about the importance of Hip Hop in Education and Transformational Leadership
After a brief three-year absence, @Bumbershoot2023 is making its grand return for its 50th Anniversary. Taking place Sept 2 and 3 in Seattle, this unique Arts-forward music festival celebrates inclusivity and community, and we've got festival organizers Steven Severin and James Miles to talk to us about...
We are failing young people in this country. The USA public education system is not preparing our youth for colleges, nor careers, especially those in the 21st century. We are still using the industrialized model of the 19th century where we are preparing youth to work on assembly lines, that no longer exist in 2020. We have seen this decline despite the efforts of No Child Left Behind, ESSA, Charter Schools, Busing strategies found here in Seattle, and this recent focus on STEM. With all of these new strategies to boost grades, there has been a removal of arts from schools, as well as play. Hip Hop is a global culture that is also the culture of young people. More than music, hip hop culture is the styles, sounds, visuals, and technology that is pervasive in our society. When Snoop Dogg is selling Pepsi. Missy Elliot is selling Doritos. Kendrick Lamar is Pulitzer Prize winner. We need to flip education on its head, by responding to, and acknowledging the culture, in educators work: youth culture. Students who may have trouble reading are hyperliterate when it comes to Kendrick Lamar lyrics. Students that have trouble with math can tell you how much money Kendall Jenner is worth and her breakdown of investments. We, educators, aren’t asking the right questions. James transformational leadership strategies will introduce successful strategies for engaging youth in school and helping them succeed through a hip hop paradigm, and feature performances by educators and artists working nationally in hip hop education.
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