Each summer, UW-Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) teams up with Urban Word NYC to offer educators and community leaders a weeklong program to learn the best practices in hip hop and spoken word pedagogy. The Institute brings together the leading educators, professors, emcees and activists utilizing the media of spoken word, hip hop, and urban arts as relevant, dynamic and necessary educational tools to engage students across multi-disciplinary curricula.
Hip Hop in the Heartland draws from educational theories such as socio-cul- tural theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, critical race theory, and hip hop and social justice pedagogies, to help educators and community leaders connect hip hop as both an art form and an instructional tool to improve the academic success of students who remain marginalized in our schools.
Participants learn proven, hands-on techniques to develop lesson plans and strengthen their course study, as well as create a platform from which they will understand the scope of hip hop history, culture and politics. Evening programming consists of an all-star cast who will synthesize the day trainings with effective strategies and cutting-edge multicultural educational approaches.
Hip Hop in the Heartland is specifically designed for:
- Classroom teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school personnel, community educators, college educators, community leaders, education students, hip hop and spoken word educators and practitioners, and anyone committed to social justice and urban education.
- Gain a better understanding of the scope of hip hop history, culture, and politics. Deepen your practice as a spoken word and hip hop educator, and engage in best practice approaches to student-centered liberatory education models.
- Discover the best practices in hip hop and spoken word pedagogy
- Learn skills to better reach and mentor your students
- Improve academic achievement, reduce behavior issues and energize your classroom
- Get practical strategies for increasing participation and building community
- Earn university credit, CEUs or fulfill your professional development plan
- Meet new colleagues and enjoy UW-Madison’s beautiful campus!
Daily sessions follow themes to strengthen participants’ knowledge and pro- vide the tools to engage the 21st-century classroom. Each day wraps up with Write, Reflect and Build sessions where participants interact with the lesson planning process and build their own curricula that engage literacy, critical thinking and creative writing.
MONDAY • Building the Cypher: Re-imagining Community and Pedagogy
8–9 a.m. Registration
9–10:30 a.m. Hip Hop, Hip Hope: Reinventing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings and Welcome with Michael Cirelli
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (RE)Imagining the “Peaceable Classroom” with Dr. Maisha T. Winn, and Building Community by Building the Cypher with Baba Israel
4–6 p.m. Write, Reflect and Build: Crossing The Bridge: Applying Institute Learning to Everyday Practice with Anna West and Dr. Sue Weinstein
7:30 p.m. Opening Night Performance: Enter the Cypher with Baba Israel and YAKO 440.
TUESDAY • Critical Literacy & Leadership in the 21st Hip Hop Classroom
3:30–5:30 p.m. Write, Reflect and Build: Crossing The Bridge: Applying Institute Learning to Everyday Practice with Anna West and Dr. Sue Weinstein
7 p.m. Institute Social Mixer
WEDNESDAY • Healing and Connecting in the Digital Classroom
10 a.m.–1 p.m. LineBREAK the Cycle with Mark Gonzales
2–4 p.m. Using Computer Games to Teach Critical Literacy with Dr. David Kirkland, or Hip Hop Music Technology for Classroom Use with Kiriakos “YAKO 440” Prodis, or Can We Get a Witness?: Utilizing Youth Participatory Action Research to Tell Our Stories with Jamila Lyiscott
4:30–6 p.m. Write, Reflect and Build: Crossing The Bridge: Applying Institute Learning to Everyday Practice with Anna West and Dr. Sue Weinstein
THURSDAY • Hip Hop and Beyond: Reimagining Language, Literacy, and Social Justice
9–11 a.m. Gang Star: A Social Experiment with Dr. David Kirkland
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Using Computer Games to Teach Critical Literacy with Dr. David Kirkland, or ILLegal Art and the Systems with Kiriakos “YAKO 440” Prodis, or Can We Get a Witness?: Utilizing Youth Participa- tory Action Research to Tell Our Stories with Jamila Lyiscott
1:30–3 p.m. Lunchtime Keynote with Dr. Christopher Emdin, Quiet Storm: The Crisis of Urban Education
3:30-5:30 p.m. Write, Reflect and Build: Crossing the Bridge: Applying Institute Learning to Everyday Practice with Anna West and Dr. Sue Weinstein
7 p.m. Institute Open Mic, Featuring Mark Gonzales
FRIDAY • Unearthing the Narratives and W/Rap Up!
Noon–1 p.m. Institute W/Rap Up and Closing Cypher
FACULTY (in alphabetical order)
Michael Cirelli serves as the Institute Director and is also the Executive Director of Urban Word NYC, a grassroots nonprofit organization that provides free, safe, uncensored and ongoing writing and performance opportunities for teens.
Dr. Christopher Edmin is a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center.
Mark Gonzales is a thought leader in using storytelling as a global health strategy. His ability to curate the emotional experience of wounds and dreams into creative text has awarded him invitations to more than 15 countries.
Baba Israel, an artist and educator, has toured as an emcee, beat-boxer, and theatre artist, and has worked internationally developing projects with a youth-centered focus. He holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College (USA).
Dr. David E. Kirkland is associate professor of writing, rhetoric, and American cultures, English, and African and African-American Studies at Michigan State University and New York University.
Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is a Hip Hop in the Heartland faculty of record. She is the Kellner Family professor of Urban Education in the UW–Madison Department of Curriculum & Instruction.
Jamila Lyiscott is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University and a graduate research assistant at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.
Kiriakos “YAKO 440” Prodis is a musician, producer, graffiti writer, and designer—a true multi-media Hip Hop artist. He holds a master of fine arts degree in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College (USA).
Dr. Sue Weinstein is an associate professor of English at Louisiana State University, where she specializes in English education and literacy studies.
Anna West is a youth program organizer and educator who has created and led youth programs with a focus on youth spoken word for more than 15 years.
Dr. Maisha T. Winn is a Hip Hop in the Heartland faculty of record. She serves as the Susan J. Cellmer Endowed Chair of English Education in the UW-Madison Department of Curriculum & Instruction.
See www.omai.wisc.edu for more details on the Institute including a comprehensive agenda with session descriptions and full biographies of our faculty.
Dates: Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 2013
Registration: Online at www.omai.wisc.edu or use mail, phone or fax.
Fees: The Institute fee is $150 per person before May 15/$200 after May 15. (Additional fees apply for university credit.) Please note we will break for lunch each day; most meals are not included in the registration fee.
Limit 100 participants: A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Contact Alexis Anderson-Reed, 608-890-1006, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Janis Story-deBoer, 608-890-4382, or email@example.com for more information.
Location: Union South, 1308 Dayton St., south side of UW-Madison campus.
Lodging: A block of rooms is being held (July 21-26, 2013), at the Best Western Plus InnTowner and The Highland Club, 2424 University Ave. Madison, WI 53726. To make reservations call 800-258-8321 or 608-233-8778 and use GROUP CODE: MCA13. The block is being held until June 30, 2013. Please make reservations before this date. Rates are $89/night for single occupancy and $99/night for double occupancy. This rate includes a hot breakfast buffet, free parking, complimentary wireless, and free shuttle service to and from the airport and Union South, among other amenities. See www.inntowner.com/.
Dorm rooms are also being held at the UW-Madison Short Course Dorms, (July 21-26, 2013), 116 Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Dr. Madison, WI 53706. To make reservations call 608-262-2270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and use GROUP CODE: HIP HOP IN THE HEARTLAND. Daily rates are $40/night for single oc- cupancy, and $25/night for *double occupancy. Weekly rate is $245/week for single occupancy, and $140/week for *double occupancy. Linens, towels and washcloths are provided. Also, available is free wireless, a television lounge with air conditioning, and a computer room. Individual rooms are not air con- ditioned, but fans are provided. *Anyone interested in double occupancy will be matched with another individual from our group if requested.
Institute Contact Information: Please contact Alexis Anderson-Reed, 608-890-1006 or email@example.com, or Janis Story-deBoer, 608-890-4382, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Fax: 608-890-4498.
Cancellation Policy: You may obtain a refund (minus the $20 administrative fee) by calling 800-725-9692 at least 3 business days before the program. If you do not attend or arrange for a substitute, or if you cancel 3 business days or less prior to the program, you are responsible for the entire fee.
University Credit—The Institute can be taken for 1-3 university credits. Participants must be admitted to UW-Madison as a Special student and enroll in School of Education Curriculum and Instruction course 675 by July 15, 2013. Tuition is $150 per credit. (Those currently enrolled as UW-Madison graduate students pay graduate tuition rates.) For more information on enrolling for university credit contact Alexis Anderson-Reed, 608-890-1006 or email@example.com, or Janis Story-deBoer, 608-890-4382, or jestory@wisc. edu. Credit earned will appear on the UW-Madison transcript.
Educator Professional Development—The Institute fulfills Wisconsin Professional Development Plan requirements. For more information on the WI Professional Development Plan and the License Renewal and Advancement process go to dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pdp.html
NOTE: Educators from outside Wisconsin, please check with your state’s educa- tion agency for professional development and licensure requirements.
Continuing Education Credits—UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an approved CEU provider for the Institute. Completion of the five-day Institute qualifies for 30 credit hours (3 CEUs). A continuing education transcript is available upon request.
Presented by UW-Madison Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), an office of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement, and Urban Word, NYC with sponsorship support from the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Education.