Guest Column – The Arts Take Center Stage in California!

Randa Schmalfeld, Principal – Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts Fullerton, California As a nationally-recognized Exemplary School of the Arts, our staff views the arts as a springboard through which students discover and define themselves. Students at Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts participate in an arts-integrated approach to learning all academic content, and make meaningful …

TeachRock Staff Recommendations – November 2017

What we’re reading, watching, and listening to… Listening: Bob Dylan – Trouble No More, The Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-81 Sun Ra – The Space Age is Here to Stay Fangirl Happy Hour (bi-weekly podcast) Brian Fallon – Forget Me Not Mitski – Puberty 2 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers Brandon Seabrook – Needle Driver Jeff “Tain” Watts …

ESSA and TeachRock

In December of 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, known more commonly as “ESSA.” It’s the latest iteration of the Primary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. ESSA, which passed with bipartisan support, gives state governments increased power to make decisions in regards to standards, state administered exams, school performance measures, and teacher evaluations. Many states …

Link Wray, Hidden No More

By Ben Dumbauld, Research Associate and Project Manager The history of popular music is rarely a smooth affair–it is punctuated by events that, seemingly out of the blue, forever demand recognition by musicians, audiences, and the music industry as a whole. The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Woodstock. MTV’s first broadcast. Yet, not all such seminal events in music are …

Professional Development Update: TeachRock Nationwide

Throughout the summer and fall of 2017, Rock and Roll Forever Foundation specialists have been crisscrossing the country, bringing the TeachRock curriculum to classrooms, and connecting face to face with the teachers who bring the lessons to life. So far this year, the TeachRock professional development team has worked with nearly 500 K-12 teachers from across disciplines in New York, …

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation in the STEAM Tank

The STEAM Tank Challenge, created and sponsored by New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA) and the U.S. Army, encourages students in the areas of STEAM–science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. The highly successful program, launched at NJSBA Workshop 2016, pits student teams in a contest modeled after the “Shark Tank” television show. Student teams create innovative interdisciplinary projects, and …

RUMBLE, Smithsonian, and TeachRock at SXSWedu, March 2018

The award-winning documentary RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is helping bring that story to American classrooms with five, standards-aligned RUMBLE lesson plans. At the 2018 SXSWEdu conference in Austin, Texas, the …

2017 Summer Teacher Workshop Report

This July, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF) hosted nineteen K-12 teachers from throughout the United States for its Fourth Annual Summer Teacher Workshop. During the four day conference, the visiting educators participated in workshops and trainings led by guest scholars, visitors from the music industry, teachers who had attended previous workshops, and RRFF staff. The event concluded with …

RRFF at National Conference on Geography Education 2017

 At the 2017 National Conference on Geography Education (NCGE), several hundred classroom teachers, university professors, education leaders, and other decision makers gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico to explore new learning resources in geography education. Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF) staff members Bill Carbone, Rolando Alvarado, and Joshua Zarbo were on hand throughout, introducing educators to the TeachRock project’s rich, …

Ten TeachRock Lessons for June

This June, celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month, the fiftieth anniversaries of the Summer of Love and the album many consider the theme of that cultural moment, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the impending freedom of summer with ten lessons from TeachRock. Rich in content featuring The Beatles, Beyoncé, The Temptations, Grandmaster Flash, RZA, and the Beach …