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, people-and-place focused geography materials. The NCGE, a longtime RRFF partner, featured the project’s curriculum through a 2.5 hour “breakout session” and a multimedia exhibit hall booth.
During the breakout session, Carbone presented materials from the “Punk Rock and Urban Decay in New York, Parts One and Two” lessons, which were developed to accompany the HBO Sonic Highways series. Participants discussed how The Ramones and the CBGB club might be useful material with which to engage students in an exploration of shifting demographics in post-WWII New York. The geography-focused discussion continued as Alvarado shared clips from the student-made “Sonic Highways in the Classroom” Pilot Film documentaries.
Participants then viewed the “Hurricane Katrina” episode of the forthcoming CNN Soundtracks documentary series and worked in groups to develop essential questions, mastery objectives, and lesson procedure activities they might use to bring the material into their classrooms.