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*This article first appeared at News@Fairfield on September 12th, 2013. For the 65 Bassick High School teachers who gathered in Fairfield University’s Oak Room in late August, it was all about literacy—teaching their students to write, to read, and to communicate clearly, effectively, and reflectively. The morning began with a light breakfast and greetings by University President Jeffrey von Arx...
Connecticut Writing Project–Fairfield to host Bridgeport students for daylong writing conference at Fairfield University  FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 3, 2013) – The Connecticut Writing Project–Fairfield (CWP), based at Fairfield University, will welcome more than 100 Bridgeport youth in grades 8 through 12 to campus on May 21, 2013, for the first Writing Our Lives-Bridgeport conference. Sponsored in...
The Urban Word Live program represents the very first time that we have live-streamed a workshop from Urban Word to the WORLD. Urban Word Live caters not only to teens who cannot make it in person to attend the workshop but also to those who wish to engage in writing and performance activities at their leisure. This experience, we've found, gives teens a "pressure free" environment behind the...
We don't just teach humanity through Hip Hop, we create humanitarians "Kids Helping Kids; a Hip Hop Experience" is a youth program that teaches HUMANITY through HIP HOP. We educate youth on global, national and local issues and provide them the opportunity to have a voice through music. This is done through our organization Hip Hop Saves Lives (HHSL).  Our process goes as follows: First, we...
This article teaches us that there is no magic formula to successfully serving our Black and Latino male students. In some cases, separating by ethnicity and gender worked. In some cases, it did not. There are arguments for and against any type of school. The difficulty arises when considering all the elements that need to exist in a school that is effective with these populations, as well as all...
Digital Media & Interconnection  This is a picture (taken with my iPhone) of a local hip-hop artist videotaping Detroit youth who are presenting their participatory action research project to my eleventh grade English class in a large, public urban high school.  My artist-partner from Detroit Future Schools sits with his labtop to transcribe the presentation so that we can return and reflect...
10 years ago, after completing my freshman year of college, I was getting ready to pack up my dorm and return home for the summer. Before I left I decided to drop my my adviser's office, Dr. Rosalie Romano, and ask her for advice on some summer education-related reading. I had never did any reading about teaching outside of assigned coursework, and my work with Dr. Romano over the course of the...
Transformation is not something that happens overnight. This year, my high school seniors completed research projects that asked them to answer the question, “what problem do you see in your community, and what do you wish to develop in order to address this problem?”  Getting them to ask relevant questions took time, and creating a space where they felt empowered to love their community enough...
Seek out the information you need to make sense of it all. If you don’t understand the pedagogy, you can’t make sense of what it could do in your classroom. I began my journey of an ongoing inquiry into why video games engage players and what they learn while playing. I needed to know what was happening. Ask anyone about gaming theory and where to get started, and you will probably hear the...
Open your inquiry to others. If you make your wonderings transparent and accessible, your thinking just may be clarified. Luckily, I am part of a network that nurtures collaboration. National Writing Project (NWP) is a network of educators constantly seeking ways to best facilitate literacy instruction. Many NWP teacher consultants are innovative leaders in using digital media and literacy in...

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