This Summer, Try Doing Nothing

Ben Dumbauld, Director of Content My summer reading regiment began last week with Jenny Odell’s recently published book, How to Do Nothing. It seems almost scandalous that Odell, a teacher, would publish an action plan for doing nothing – and dedicate it to her students, no less!  But as I’ve come to learn, doing nothing requires effort, and inactivity can …

Striving for a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

Striving for a Culturally Responsive Curriculum In their 2017 primer on Culturally Responsive Education, researchers Johnston, Montalbano, and Kirkland write: “When students do not perceive their instruction to be personally and culturally relevant, student resistance appears in the classroom: resistance to curriculum, to instruction, to teachers, and to the very institution of school itself, which becomes constructed by the student …

Editorial – Black History Month

Dear Educators, I’m Saijah Williams! I’m a writer at TeachRock.org and am developing a full Hip Hop curriculum. February is of course Black History Month, which is one of my favorite months. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been raised in a family and in a place where Black history and culture were celebrated all year round. I was born …

TeachRock Announces Winner of 2018 Student Film Fest

In early 2018, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation partnered with New Jersey School Boards Association to develop the first-ever TeachRock Hometown Documentaries Student Film Festival. High schoolers from across the state were tasked with investigating the local histories of their respective towns and telling these stories in the documentary format, with music serving as the cornerstone to each story.  …

Do We Teach the Right Part of “I Have a Dream”?

One of the most inspiring projects I worked on last year was a lesson focusing on the song “Glory,” by Common and John Legend. The Oscar-winning hit was written to accompany the 2014 film Selma, which recounts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. I began developing the lesson by browsing the resources Teachrock.org …

TeachRock ON TOUR!

After the Foundation promoted their recent special project collective, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World, at SXSWEdu, it was time to hit the road! As Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul wrapped up their 2017 tour dates, they decided to make their 2018 leg of the tour special. The band deemed their 2018 dates The Teacher Appreciation Tour, …

DBQs Aren’t Just for AP Students!

Michael Ochs is a history/social studies teacher at Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, CA and a longtime TeachRock user. Recently, Michael contributed two Document Based Questions to Teachrock.org (available here and here), and we’ll be publishing two more of his DBQs in coming weeks as well. In the following article, Michael discusses how DBQs, which are most often …

TeachRock Norway!

While TeachRock’s Common Core and ESSA alignment doesn’t translate directly into Norwegian, the Foundation’s approach to arts integration is a universal language. TeachRock is proud to have shared Director Bill Carbone and Research Associate and Project Manager Ben Dumbauld as consultants to a major education project with the University College of Southeast Norway (HSN) for a week this March. During …

TeachRock at SXSWEdu

Everything is bigger in Texas… even conferences! SXSWEdu, the Education and Tech focused week of the month long Austin event, was in many ways akin to major music festival, but rather than bands, it was bursting with educational thought leaders and cutting edge organizations, all speaking, leading workshops, and hosting panels. The Foundation used its set on the big stage …