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UHipHop Apprenticeship Program Summer 2007

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  1. Sun Run 1 October 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM
    Project Summary:

    During the summer of 2007 the University of Hip-hop (UHipHop) offered an intensive interactive workshop for teachers and youth advocates interested in integrating hip-hop into their curricular practices and community work. This program was a three-week training in the hip-hop arts, where teachers worked with and learned from youth’s hip-hop cultural perspectives, co-created a break-dance performance and graffiti mural project, and then collaboratively designed lesson plans and community development projects with youth. As part of the training, participants received a diverse set of curricular resources, and co-developed a collection of curricular resources for lesson-plan design and grant-writing that they would able to use in their classrooms or at their community centers. Teachers were be asked to return to follow-up sessions in the fall and winter, to share how they incorporated hip-hop into their work, and to reflect on and evaluate goals and outcomes.

    The summer institute took place in two stages. The first stage required teachers to learn break-dance and graffiti art skills from expert teachers and hip-hop youth. For a week and a half, teachers partnered with youth as part of this process, and both groups learned together how to create a performance and exposition based in hip-hop. Experts in various fields of hip-hop and other disciplines presented ideas and previous projects to provide examples of present practices in experiential pedagogy. Guest presenters addressed spoken word, environmental and outdoor education, capoiera, multi-media, conflict-resolution, urban farming, and other themes that can be combined with hip-hop for interdisciplinary curricular development.

    The second stage of the program required all participants, youth and teachers alike, to co-write lesson plans and grant proposals that would like to see in their respective schools and community centers. For a week and a half participants and spent time every other day writing lessons based on frameworks established by the University of Hip-Hop, the Chicago Public Schools, and various community centers. In addition the group took field trips to various sites that could be used as resources for experiential education. The second stage concluded with a multi-media presentation of this interdisciplinary curricular work and group presentations of lessons and project proposals.

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