Events and Conferences

Schedule of Events

Saturday Sept. 27, 2007 9AM-4:30PM

Silver Center, Rooms 701, 705, 713, 714

8:30-9:00: Checkin/Meet & Greet, Room 701

9:00-9:30: red, black and GREEN: a blues
marc bamuthi joseph's keynote on Freire, the environment and post hip-hop performance, Room 701

9:30-4:30: Saturday Workshop Sessions (Sept. 27)

Please Note: Each time block (session) will offer two dynamic workshops/professional development opportunities. Please choose the one that best suits your needs. Also, some workshops are repeated, as we believe that these workshops cover core concepts and practices that we want everyone to participate in. Please plan accordingly.

Session A: 9:30-11:00: Workshop 1: Language and Liberation, David Kirkland Ph. D.,  Rm. 713
                                   Workshop 2: Critical Hip-Hop Pedagogy, Marcella Runell Hall/Kersha Smith, Rm. 714

Session B: 11:00-12:30: Workshop 1: Where Hip-Hop Lives, Orisanmi Burton, Rm. 705
                                      Workshop 2: Critical Hip-Hop Pedagogy, Marcella Runell Hall/Kersha Smith, Rm. 714

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Session C: 1:30-3:00: Workshop 1: Language and Liberation, David Kirkland Ph. D.,  Rm. 713
Workshop 2: NYCoRE Educator-Activists’ Identities, Geoffrey Enriquez/Edwin Mayorga, Room 705

Session D: 3:00-4:30: Workshop 1: Everything is Poetry: The Writing Set, Willie Perdomo, Rm. 705
Workshop 2: Conscious Women Rock the Page, Jennifer Calderón/Elisha Miranda/          Sofía Quintero/Marcella Runell Hall, Room 714

Saturday Workshop Sessions:

Language and Liberation (Session A/1 & Session C/1)

Presented by David Kirkland, Ph.D.

This session examines the politics of language, exploring the power of the spoken and written word, always articulated in dialect, to construct our identities and unleash our powerful voices.  In this way, language plays an important role in both poetry and the arts.  A contested site, language is the place where youth struggle with words, theirs and others, to cultivate visions of justice and liberation.   In language, youth take on new meaning beginning with a voice and verb, where words when spoken have the power to transform the world inside-out.

Critical Hip-Hop Pedagogy (Session A/2 & Session B/2)

Presented by Marcella Runnell Hall and Kersha Smith

This session will focus on the Hip-Hop & Social Justice model for Hip-Hop and education, as well as practical application. The aim of this type of pedagogical orientation is two fold and has both theoretical and methodological implications.  From a theoretical perspective a hip-hop pedagogy situates hip-hop within a socio-historical context.  It examines the values embedded in the culture and explores the social and political environments that give birth to these conditions.  Methodologically a hip-hop pedagogy focuses on strategies that speak to the cultural codes of hip-hop.  Methodological strategies help to create lessons and organize classrooms that utilize hip-hop with integrity instead of employing hip-hop as a pedagogical lure.  When educators utilize hip-hop as a lure they devalue the rigor found in teaching and learning environments that honor the lives of students who have meaningful and deep relationships with hip-hop culture. In addition to outlining the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of this orientation, the workshop will also describe the process of teaching future educators how this orientation can be meaningfully integrated into school curriculum. 

Where Hip-Hop Lives: Using Rituals and Symbols in the Learning Space (Session B/1)

Presented by Orisanmi Burton of the Brotherhood Sistersol

The session would focus on the ways in which educators can acknowledge and legitimize Hip-Hop in the classroom by using its rituals and symbols as entry points to tackle larger social, political, and economic issues.  The Brotherhood/Sister Sol offers a safe space full of resources and love for 200 Black and Latino youth to speak their minds, acquire knowledge and skills, explore their identity and beliefs, and receive support to make their dreams reality. Programs and activities - mentoring, leadership development, international study, academic tutoring, internships, community service, job training, writing collective, youth organizing - provide these young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and overcome the negative pressures of poverty, racism, drugs, and violence. 

Educator-Activists’ Identities: ... the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings (Session C/2) Presented by NYCoRE members Geoffrey Enriquez and Edwin Mayorga

What roles can "educators" assume in the struggle for a more just world and more just schooling? What does it mean to be an educator-activist? These are the central questions driving the New York Collective of Radical Educator's (NYCoRE) workshop "Educator-Activists." Participants will work to identify some of the social-political forces that foster injustice in schools and then generate potential forms of actions that educators can enact to impact our schools and communities. 

Everything is Poetry: The Writing Set (Session D/1)

Presented by Willie Perdomo

We will approach the Writing Workshop as a set of live music or an open jam session: everyone gets a chance to approach the page or step to the mic with something new.  This workshop explores the pedagogy of improvisation and taking chances.  There is no right way to write a poem, and as Chris Abani has said, "Everything is poetry."  Teaching youth workshops is an attempt to find the poetry in everyone and subsequently have everyone find the poetry in everything.  In this workshop we will explore what it means to make your 'teaching kit' super portable and flexible across different age groups, grades, genders, races, etc. We will discover that in finding out how flexible our teaching practice can be, we recognize and break through any notions that access to fine writing is born of privilege.

Conscious Women Rock the Page (Session D/2)

Presented by Jennifer Calderón, Elisha Miranda, Sofía Quintero and Marcella Runell Hall

In this session, participants will be introduced to a cutting-edge practical implementation of Hip-Hop content and pedagogy in the form of the new book, “Conscious Women Rock the Page: Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change.” This session seeks to introduce attendees to the upsurge of feminist popular fiction utilizing Hip-Hop culture to raise substantive issues including race, class, gender, sexual orientation and culture. The four authors have teamed up to develop a curriculum based on three popular Hip-Hop novels to engage communities on the issues and themes that their books raise and to inspire action. The authors will read brief excerpts of their works, co-facilitate a sample activity from our curriculum and discuss how participants can harness popular fiction to raise consciousness and promote activism, especially among young women who may not identify as either feminists or activists.

Sunday Sept. 28, 2007 9AM-1:30PM

Silver Center, Rooms 701, 705, 713, 714

Please Note: Each time block (session) will offer two dynamic workshops/professional development opportunities. Please choose the one that best suits your needs. Also, some workshops are repeated, as we believe that these workshops cover core concepts and practices that we want everyone to participate in. Please plan accordingly.

9:00-9:10 Checkin, Room 701

Session A: 9:10-10:30: Workshop 1: Creative Classroom Management, E.A.R.S., Rm. 705
                                   Workshop 2: Next Level/Hip-Hop Lit, Erica Fabri, Rm. 714

Session B: 10:30-12:00: Workshop 1: Next Level/Hip-Hop Lit, Erica Fabri, Rm. 714
                                     Workshop 2: On The Other Side Of Freedom, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Rm. 705
                                     Workshop 3: Not Just Writing on the Wall, Carlos REC McBride, Rm. 713

Session C: 12:10-1:30: Closing Workshop & Comments: Centering of the Student-Centered Educator, Celena Glenn, Rm. 701

Sunday Workshop Sessions:

Creative Classroom Management (Session A/1)

Presented by E.A.R.S. (Effective Alternative in Reconciliation Services)

Learn skills and techniques to better manage your classroom setting, including establishing community practices, developing empathy and understanding around the issue of bullying and related skills. Effective Alternative in Reconciliation Services (EARS) is a Bronx based youth organization with a citywide reputation in Youth Empowerment Training and Conflict Management.

Next Level/Hip-Hop Lit (Session A/2 & Session B/1)

Presented by Erica Fabri

This training is a an in-depth breakdown of how to run a poetic literature seminar merged with a critical analysis of hip-hop lyrics. There will be examples of ways to design exercises that put contemporary poetry and contemporary rap lyrics "head-to-head" to examine their similarities and power. Ways to inspire discussion of the sample texts and to form innovative writing prompts will also be covered.

On The Other Side Of Freedom: Spoken Word & the Context of Life (Session B/2)

Presented by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Join Brooklyn-based HBO Def Poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai in an interactive spoken word and hip-hop performance workshop exploring how to use word, voice, body, and movement towards personal and community change. Exercises will spark the creation of solo and collective spoken word pieces and focus on moving from negative freedom ("freedom from") to positive freedom ("freedom to") in our everyday lives and commitments to creativity and social justice.  All experiences, passions, and visions are welcome!  As poet Muriel Rukeyser once said, "if one woman told the truth about her life...The world would split open."

Not Just Writing on The Wall: Utilizing Urban ‘text’ as a Pedagogical Tool for Critical Literacy (Session B/3)

Presented by Carlos REC McBride

Hip Hop culture is inescapable today and is literally spanning the entire globe as a commercial wave in art, music, fashion, sports, television and cinema. This presentation explores how integrating multimodal Hip Hop genres (e.g. graffiti, rap..) in school curriculum can tap ‘unofficial’ literacies in urban communities to promote ‘official’ school literacy. In an era of high-stakes assessment and top-down policy mandates, urban teachers must take pedagogical risks in the classroom to promote academic literacy through multimodalities.

The Centering of the Student-Centered Educator (Session C)

Presented by Celena Glenn aka Black Cracker

Is your ego-core the elephant (or gem) in the classroom? Are you intentional about your ego’s presence? How does your understanding of your ego help/prevent your connections with your students? We will explore these questions and more, to come to clearer understandings of our individual influences on the classroom environment, as well as the risks associated with “lack of intention.” The structure of this workshop will also model a student-centered learning space.