Think Tank Series


As we embark upon the next decade of 2010 to 2020, there is much room for both optimism and despair about various humanitarian issues, especially regarding education. We view this precipice as an opportune time to analyze, dialog and harness the skill sets, praxis and philosophy of Hip-Hop to catapult students and teachers to higher levels of success within K-12 and institutions of higher learning.

In 2011, HHEC launched a series of Think Tank gatherings that gather Hip-Hop scholars and pioneers, practitioners, teaching arts, community leaders, administrators, business professionals, policymakers, and experts from the civic, government and business sectors to help us shape and strengthen our mission and policy agenda.

The Think Tank serves first as a repository of powerful questions and ideas that will be discussed, researched, analyzed, and answered by powerful people who are dedicated to the broader notion of education for liberation.

Think Tank Session I: Rolling Deep, Moving Forward: Professionalizing Hip-Hop Education
Think Tank I took place on November 11, 2011 in collaboration with the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at New York University.

Download Think Tank Session 1: The Recap (PDF)

Think Tank II: Laying the Foundation: Defining the Field, Establishing Goals, and Creating Standards
Think Tank II will take place on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Teachers College Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University.

Think Tank III: Legacy Building: Cultivating a Global Cypher from the Streets to the Classroom                          

Think Tank III took take place on Saturday & Sunday, November 9 -10, 2013 from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.