Archive | April 2014

The launch of Rhymes To Re-Education #HipHopEd

Full Album Here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1483222145223799.1073741834.1468098256736188&type=3

What a great event!  The launch was everything a strong community event could ask for! The community was there! The change makers, community works, teachers, board employees, librarians and even the trustee and superintendent came out to support the launch.

Mahlikah acknowledged the land in which we learn and grow together on.  Toronto being the meeting place where this resource and learning has taken place.  In Hip Hop the DJ and the beat is considered the root.  The drum is the root for people, mother, and Earth as they have the same root word. We hear the drum we are hearing the heartbeat of our mother the Earth.  – Mahlikah

http://youtu.be/mRisDwINX6w

 

Ramon introduced Motion and J-Rebel to kick off the event with a demonstration of the art of MC’ing and Break Dancing while DJ Power laid down the beat.  The vibe in the room was contagious and sense of strength resonated through the room.  Ramon discussed with high energy the journey we took to get to the resource.  He acknowledged the communities already using Hip Hop and how it has been happening.  Ramon put a call out to the cypher to have artists and educators all together to create the hip hop curriculum.

http://youtu.be/6U_24sOry4g

 

Moose from Success Beyond Limits presented an amazing spoken word piece in the space.  It is youth like Moose that we want to engage in our systems and empower them to continue the amazing things they are doing for the community and be proud.

http://youtu.be/pieAEgRhG4k

 

The rest of the evening was a huge success with so many great people from the community coming together with the sounds of hip hop in the background.  Seeing so many people who care so much for the youth in our city was amazing.  There were people from all walks and all occupations in the space.  Hosting it in the Yorkwoods library just one block down from Jane and Finch was important.  To bring these successes and celebrations into the community where the youth are from is imperative.

The journey of myself as one of the teachers in the TDSB writing and working together with artists to give lesson feedback has been amazing.  I have learned so much from the community educators and artists and made new bonds.  It has also reinforced, not that I have ever doubted myself, that teaching students in urban areas is what I love to do.  Coming together to meet at Lawrence Heights Community Centre and working together to make a difference for youth is something I love to do.  It is important to acknowledge that learning by teachers and by youth doesn’t have to take place in classrooms in schools but also in the community.  At the same time the learning youth do in community needs to be acknowledged and happening in the classroom as well. I am proud to be part of the TDSB and being supported by them to be a part of this resource.

Thank you to all the amazing authors and for the amazing experience that will be on going.   Below is the list of all the people involved in the project!  Special shout out to Ramon who organized and brought everyone together!  He is a huge role model to me.

PROJECT COORDINATOR AND LEAD WRITER

Ramon “Rugged” San Vicente

CONSULTANTS

Karen Murray Itah Sadu

STEERING COMMITTEE

Nigel Bariffe
Karen Murray
Amanda Parris
Ramon “Rugged” San Vicente

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Wendy “Motion” Brathwaite
Roderick “RAHD” Brereton
Joseph “Joe G” Galiwango
Alison Gaymes San Vicente
Duane “D.O.” Gibson
Joseph “J Rebel” Hersco
Dalton Higgins
Danielle “Yelly” Koehler
Tesfai Mengesha
Jelani “J Wyze” Nias
Amanda Parris
Ramon “Rugged” San Vicente
Chelsea Takalo
Braxton “HiPPYxHop” Wignall
Brandon Zoras

Youth Writing Team

Luis “SPIN” Mejicano (Youth Coordinator) Kenny “Nii Soja” Adjetey
Shukri Dualeh
Trae Maxam
Aaleem Mohammed
Gazariah Morrison
Patricia Ghany
Cenzi Stilos

DOCUMENTATION AND VIDEO PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Subliminal (Sean Mauricette)
Clairmont II Humphrey
Janeel Marshall
Trae Maxam

CYPHER CONTRIBUTORS

Nigel Bariffe
Akir Brathwaite CaveMan
Catherine Draper
Sameena Eidoo
Paul Green
Abshir Hassan
Clairmont II Humphrey
Nigel Hunter
Cade John
Salima Kassam
Teenat Khan
Janeel Marshall
Trae Maxam
Luis “SPIN” Mejicano
Gazariha Morrison
Lashawn Murray
Kenny “Nii Soja” Adjetey
Robin Phillips
Sharron Rosen
Itah Sadu
Moziah San Vicente
Nyelah San Vicente
Sojourner San Vicente
Subliminal (Sean Mauricette)

 

 

 

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Rhymes to Re-Education Critical Hip Hop Curriculum Launch! #HipHopEd

I have had the pleasure to work with such a great team of Toronto Hip Hop Artists (all the elements) and Educators to put together this resource.  Nearly a year in the making, this resource brought together the community of people who want to see youth succeed in school and life!  It is about teaching through critical pedagogy and hip hop pedagogy to get youth to examine issues and make change in their communities.  School is not helping everyone to succeed, this resource is a counter to traditional teaching styles, pedagogy and curriculum which will engage students in your class or community. The lessons range from Grade 2 – 12 and have something for everyone with Ontario Curriculum links.  This resource is not just for school but a community resource that can be used after school and summer programs.  The website and YouTube channel also have a ton of information and downloads to accompany the book. Very proud of the entire team and how far we have come!

I hope to see you at the launch this Tuesday!

Location

Yorkwoods Library 
1785 Finch Ave West 
6 PM – 7:30 PM

Check the Facebook Event

https://www.facebook.com/events/1459920430909578/

Rhymes to Re-Education Website: http://www.rhymestoreeducation.com/

Rhymes to Re-Education Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhymesedu

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Some of the great authors include:

Wendy “Motion” Brathwaite Roderick “RAHD” Brereton Joseph “Joe G” Galiwango Alison Gaymes San Vicente Duane “D.O.” Gibson Joseph “J Rebel” Hersco Dalton Higgins Danielle “Yelly” Koehler Tesfai Mengesha Jelani “J Wyze” Nias Amanda Parris Ramon “Rugged” San Vicente Chelsea Takalo Braxton “HiPPYxHop” Wignall Brandon Zoras Youth Writing Team Luis “SPIN” Mejicano (Youth Coordinator) Kenny “Nii Soja” Adjetey Shukri Dualeh Trae Maxam Aaleem Mohammed Gazariah Morrison Patricia Ghany Cenzi Stilos

 

TDSB STEPWISE Initiative: A Google Apps for Education Action Research Study #GAFEsummit

Google in Education Ontario Summit: EdTech Team 2014

2014-04-05 EdTechTeam Ontario Summit featuring Google for Education

TDSB STEPWISE Initiative: A Google Apps for Education Action Research Study

Presentation by Brandon Zoras and Joseph Romano

Presentation: https://sites.google.com/site/brandonzoras/on-gafe-presentation

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#GAFEsummit