"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,
James Miles, known as the Fresh Professor, is renowned for his engaging teaching style. By infusing lessons with content that’s inspirational, intellectually engaging, and relevant to students’ lives, Miles demonstrates how teachers can use hip-hop education to help students better retain information and think critically about concepts inside and outside the classroom.
Miles will be joined by a panel of experts with backgrounds ranging from educators to artists who will talk about ways to ignite curiosity, ensure comprehension, and provide differentiation options for all kinds of learners. Weaving performance into their discussion, they will talk about the impact of hip-hop on their lives, how it shows up in current events, and the implications for education. At the program break, DJ Topspin will play music, followed by a discussion of James’s book, Gotta Stay Fresh.
In this session, you will hear from James Miles (Performing Arts) and Natalie Welch (Sports Management), who will talk about their collaboration with their community partners. In addition, we will hear from Dr. Shaun Glaze, the Chief Consulting Officer of Inclusive Data LLC, a community partner with the SU Center for Social Transformation and Leadership.
They will explore how community and academic perspectives shaped their community-engaged scholarship, how their work led to concrete outcomes and impacts, and what challenges and opportunities they encountered along the way.
Join us for a captivating hour of conversation and exploration into the world of teaching artist publications! This online virtual literary salon, hosted by TAG (Teaching Artists Guild), invites you to explore the process of publication and discover the impactful work of teaching artists across the country. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect, learn, and celebrate the literary achievements of teaching artists! Stay tuned for updates and mark your calendars for a literary journey like no other.
Author Spotlight: Fondly known as 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...
There have been dramatic shifts in education since schools first opened in the USA in 1647. From educational priorities to classroom sizes to demographics to technology, schoolhouses look wildly different than Horace Mann’s original design. While innovation catapulted schools into the 21st century, education systems have stayed in the 19th Century, causing our youth and communities to suffer. It’s time for new approach to education. And it all boils down to just two words: Hip Hop.
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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