The Origins of Black History Month

Imani Wilson, Artist and Curriculum Development Strategist In 1926, Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in the second week of February. The historian’s goal was to further enshrine the Black communities’ ongoing observations of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and Frederick Douglass (February 14th). By 1929, Woodson reported that the Departments of Education in states with significant …

TeachRock 2020: Looking Forward

Happy New Year! We at TeachRock hope you had a moment to rest, relax, and prepare for the New Year. We’ve been doing preparing as well, and are excited to give you a glimpse of what’s in store at TeachRock in the coming year. More Educational Resources In 2019, we launched Trace it Back, which connects today’s most popular artists …

Garden State Film Festival Announces New Student Film-Making Competition & Partnerships!

PRESS RELEASE-Asbury Park, Sept. 26, 2019 – Educators, the Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) announces an exciting new opportunity for your students. The GSFF is introducing a new student submission category, “New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short”. This category is reserved for films that are written, directed and shot by New Jersey high school and younger grade school students. Films must …

TeachRock Partner School Program Begins!

TeachRock Partner School Program Begins! Thousands of years ago, Ancient Greek Philosopher Plato said, “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education,” He was so right! When teachers utilize Arts Integration as a tool for student engagement and academic achievement, the results are amazing! Our TeachRock Lessons combine the best strategies in arts integration with outstanding academic …

Using TEACHROCK to Scaffold lessons for ENL Students

Stephanie Arnell It’s the age old essential question: as an educator, how do I provide academically rigorous instruction to meet the needs of English as New Language (ENL) students? One option is through scaffolding. When teachers scaffold lessons, they break down the language into manageable pieces, allowing students to better understand and retain the information provided. When learning is scaffolded, …

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.  …