Archive | January 2013

Let’s Talk Hip Hop Participant Info

Hello All!

I am very excited about our up and coming event on Hip Hop Education. We have only 2 spaces left!

The evening is designed to be open, free flowing and allow for maximum participation and networking. We will have a very brief opening by myself (Brandon), a short introduction by Sam Seidel followed by Joseph (JRebel) and Sun speaking about their program Don’t Believe the Hype and then we will start into the conversation!

Before the event please check out Sam Seidel’s Video
His book will be on sale at the event (Pricing TBA I believe it is $25)

I have included a small sample of academic journals on Hip Hop education below for those looking for a more academic background.

I do not have all community resource links. Here is a Google doc for those who want to view more Hip Hop Education links. I have it set to be able to edit, so please just add to the bottom of the list any great sites, programs, information about related to Hip Hop Education, especially here in Toronto.

We are asking those attending to fill in the following Google form. It will give us a better idea of who will be in the house next week. I would like to share your name and email with the entire group so we can keep the connections going. I will only share your name and email if you fill in the email section below. If you do want to share your name and email please include it. If you do not want to share please fill in the form but leave your email blank and I will not include you. After the event I will email only those indicating a master list of names, occupations/associations, emails to those who would like.

Excited to meet you all!




Let’s Talk Hip Hop: Thur Feb 7th at OISE #HipHopEdTO

Hip Hop Poster

Calling community workers, educators, teachers, artists  & hip hop enthusiasts. Join in on a critical conversation about integrating Hip Hop into education.

Format will be a short presentation by Sam Seidel followed by open conversation.  We will have time to make connections to allow for future collaborations.  Bring business cards, flyers, contact info with you.

Sam will have copies of his book for sale or you may purchase here.

Presentation – Open Conversation – Networking

Location:  OISE

Second Floor Room 2-286

252 Bloor St West

Thur Feb 7th 2013

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Sam Seidel, Educator and Author “Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education” 


Brandon Zoras, Teacher, M.Ed Urban Education

Room Capacity is 35 People.  This event is designed to be a conversation of Hip Hop and education.  If ticket is sold out please add to waiting list and I will email you as soon as a space opens.  

Homework before event.  

1) Check out Sam’s video

2) Think of some ideas of integrating hip hop into education both in a formal school setting or a community

3) Bring a contact card / business card to make connections

Having a virtual science professor for a semester with #VROC

This past semester our Grade 11 Biology class was paired virtually with researcher / professor Dr. Ilona Skerjanc from University of OttawaVirtual Researcher On Call (VROC)’s program “On the Fly” matches a researcher from a higher education institution to a classroom for multiple check ins within the semester over ClearSea video conferencing software.

Dr. Skerjanc was an amazing partner for our class.  She not only shared her work and experience in biochemistry but mentored and became a role model for the students.  Dr. Skerjanc enriched our biology class with ground breaking research she is doing with stem and muscle cells.  She made connections between grade 11 biology and the work she is doing currently.  Students were highly engaged in her talks, asking questions, making connections to our course work and getting a feel for a career in science.   Dr. Skerjanc also spoke about personal life choices and how to balance a family while being a researcher / professor.  She emphasized to the students to do what makes them happy and most importantly enjoy the work they are doing.

Students reported:

–       getting ready for university, it was great to hear from a professor about what university is like

–       the video calls were informative and exciting

–       hearing career opportunities first hand was great

–       Dr. Skerjanc cared and made a connection to the class

She was great compliment as I also started in biochemistry but never did graduate work in biochemistry, so the students go to see two different pathways from the same undergraduate program.

Thank you Dr Skerjanc and the VROC team for such a great experience for the grade 11 biology class at Cedarbrae C.I. at TDSB.

Brandon Zoras and the Cedarbrae C.I. Biology class.

Below are two slides and a video she shared with us of beating cardiac cells.

Skerjanc slide 1Skerjanc slide 2