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Drawing upon her interest in hip-hop, teacher Lauren Leigh Kelly created “Hip-Hop Literature and Culture,” an English course in which students discuss hip-hop texts—including songs, films, and music videos—to explore constructions of gender, race and self.
—Mark Abramson for Education Week

English Teacher's Hip-Hop Curriculum Gets Students Writing

Lauren Leigh Kelly's Hip-Hop Literature and Culture Class uses hip-hop texts as a means to develop students' media-literacy and critical-analysis skills. (June 20, 2016)

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The new federal K-12 law contains strong requirements for input from principals and others as states create new education plans, but some worry state commitment may be far from uniform.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
Ethics, particularly bioethics, offers an opportunity to both prepare students for difficult life decisions and deepen their academic engagement, writes Emory University's James Wagner.
July 14, 2016 – Education Week
Faced with a dearth of common-core-aligned English/language arts curricula, state education officials asked teachers to create a homegrown, online program—and made it free to all.
July 1, 2016 – Education Week
Taken from experience, social studies teacher Rod Powell shares what lessons he learned for incorporating politics in the classroom in a way that avoids a sense of indoctrination and includes all voices.
June 24, 2016 – Teacher
Lauren Leigh Kelly's Hip-Hop Literature and Culture Class uses hip-hop texts as a means to develop students' media-literacy and critical-analysis skills.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher
The common core's emphasis on more argumentative and informational writing has made for a difficult balance for some educators.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher
The common-core standards call for students to write more and in more complex modes, but literacy experts say that's not happening in many classrooms.
July 20, 2016 – Teacher
The five-paragraph essay, a staple in school writing curricula, has become a source of debate for educators, with critics charging the format is too rigid and constraining.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher
One of the originators of the workshop model discusses the challenges facing writing teachers today and how her own methods have evolved to adapt to new expectations.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher
In these videos from our editorial partner The Teaching Channel, master educators demonstrate strategies they use to engage students in complex writing assignments.
June 13, 2016 – Teacher

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