The Fresh Prep MC (Master of Curriculum) delivers quality Fresh Prep instruction to 9th-12th grade students by:
· Creating rigorous and engaging, long-term and daily, lesson plans that follow curriculum maps.
· Demonstrating strong pedagogy by possessing a solid knowledge of the content area and Fresh Prep curricula.
· Exhibiting a positive rapport with students, while holding high expectations for each student and maintaining an engaging and dynamic learning environment.
· Providing the necessary differentiation, accommodations, and modifications for the academic growth and success of all students.
· Contributing to the program and curriculum design and implementation.
· Coordinating all instructional planning and activities with teachers and Fresh Prep Manager.
· Participating in Fresh Prep team meetings, program evaluation meetings, staff trainings, and receiving regular support from the administrative staff.
· Assisting in the development of professional development workshops for teachers on hip-hop pedagogy and successful integration of the Fresh Prep curricula.
The Fresh Prep MC works to ensure strong weekly instruction and curriculum integration by:
· Developing rigorous and engaging lesson plans.
· Utilizing multimedia and instructional technologies to maximize student engagement and learning success.
· Facilitating classroom instruction using clear and defined learning objectives.
· Evaluating and assessing student learning and progress towards meeting learning objectives.
· Working with teachers to establish positive classroom climates, classroom management systems, and developing instructional strategies that engage a diverse variety of learners.
· Ensuring that the Fresh Prep curriculum is taught with fidelity.
· Implementing program assessment and evaluation tools.
· Working to modify the curricula model based upon evaluation results to achieve greater success. Success is understood as increased test scores and student achievement on the Regents exams, and a more student-centered, and culturally competent, classroom environments.
· Working closely with Fresh Prep staff and teachers to gather, share, and implement best practices and promote learning amongst the program as it grows.
The Fresh Prep MC:
· Holds a minimum of a Bachelors Degree (BA).
· Has 3+ years of successful teaching experience with a demonstrated expertise in effective principles of teaching and learning.
· Is familiar with the New York State Regents exams and NYS Learning Standards.
· Has a comprehensive understanding of hip hop pedagogy.
· Is available to work at least 15 hours per week, during the hours of 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM.
· Is willing to travel to schools within the five boroughs of New York City.
· Has experience in developing new and adapted curricula to meet student needs.
· Is able to devise and facilitate engaging classroom activities that increase student achievement.
· Enjoys working with high school students, and has the ability to effectively motivate students academically.
· Is creative and detail oriented, with well-developed organization skills, able to acquire, synthesize and implement new information quickly and confidently.
If interested, please forward a current cover letter, resume, and portfolio sample to Michael Wiggins, Fresh Prep Manager, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put the job title, Fresh Prep MC, in the subject line of the email.
HIP-HOP EDUCATION CENTER PARTNERS WITH COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’S INSTITUTE FOR URBAN AND MINORITY EDUCATION AT TEACHERS COLLEGE
The Hip-Hop Education Center is pleased to announce a second partnership with an institution of higher learning, Columbia University’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME). The IUME partnership will support and build upon HHEC’s research and think tank initiatives. One of the main goals of the collaboration is to develop a teaching certificate for teaching artists, in-service teachers, and students of education using Hip-Hop in the classroom and extended-day programs. In addition, HHEC and Columbia’s IUME will incubate two Scholars-in-Residence and the Hip-Hop history archival project.
Hip-Hop Lecturer Urges Integration of Culture in Education
The next phase in hip-hop education is the pedagogy of hip-hop, Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill said during an Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives lecture series event last night.
Hill defined pedagogy as the act of teaching or transmitting knowledge to students.
“We aren’t asking if hip-hop education works; we already know it does,” Hill said. “Hip-hop is a way that students occupy a sonic space when they can’t physically be there because of discriminating rules.”
Hill said it is not just about the quantitative outcomes of educating students with hip-hop, but what the student themselves intellectually learned. Hip-hop and education creates a healing place to deal with drama, he said.
The next phase of hip-hop education is to no longer keep European measures at the center of education, but instead explore the culture of hip-hop, according to Hill.
“The historical context of hip-hop is rich, and you can’t understand the multifaceted beats of music if you can’t understand the history,” Hill said.
He encouraged teachers to be practitioner inquiries, researchers of their own about hip-hop. Teachers do not have to teach with the same procedures, but with the same principles, according to Hill.
Hill said it is key to allow students to relate to the class subject using hip-hop in order to learn the same material as though hip-hop were not applied.
“Historically, hip-hop was a bridge and only used as an anchor to learn. We want to use it as its own,” Hill said. “I can’t give you a list of procedures because one year from now the culture is going to change, so that list won’t matter.”
Hill added a hip-hop literature curriculum should continue throughout the whole school year, instead of only using it to relate to students in the beginning.
“This lecture made me think about the dynamics of my classroom,” UW education major Myriha Burton said. “I stress principles, and to hear him say it makes me feel like I’m headed in the right direction.”
Hill also focused on the principle of literature. The language derived from hip-hop lyrics engages the students to think critically about media literacy.
Something he wants teachers to also be aware of is the cultural background of students when teaching with hip-hop. If hip-hop is incorporated into the classroom, Hill said that both bad and good hip-hop should be included.
“Hip-hop is culturally involved, and some of the songs bring up uncomfortable meanings,” Hill said. “It forces us to talk about topics that are traumatizing.”
Often hip-hop is brought into education by people with romanticized views, meaning they only keep the hip-hop that is clean, according to Hill. He called it “stuff that is sanitized.”
Burton added the lecture made her realize that teaching is more than just textbooks.
“We have to use hip-hop as an entry point into the critical world,” Hill said. “It brings in material to the classroom that lets children connect. Hip-hop education is about dislodging and dislocating ourselves and engaging in a pedagogy that is not yet.”