Rock Star Van Zandt Helping Connecticut Students Re-engage

Connecticut is turning to music in an effort to get kids more interested in school and help combat the learning loss suffered during the pandemic. Governor Ned Lamont and state education officials announced Tuesday that Connecticut’s public schools will be integrating a curriculum called TeachRock, the brainchild of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt and his nonprofit …

TeachRock & Milwaukee Public Schools Make Music a Path to Civics-Success and Graduation

In 2017, the state of Wisconsin enacted a new Civics requirement: All students must pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam to receive their high school diploma.  Passing the 100 question test has become an obstacle to graduation for many students.  So teachers and key leaders at Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) hatched a plan–use TeachRock resources to make Civics engaging and help …

Steven Van Zandt Plans Holiday Fundraiser With Eddie Vedder, Margo Price, More – Rolling Stone

DECEMBER 9, 2020 11:25AM ET On December 21st, Van Zandt and TeachRock will present Stand With Teachers, an hour-long event featuring performances by Eddie Vedder and Margo Price. Others slated to appear include Steven’s wife Maureen Van Zandt plus their Sopranos colleagues Steve Buscemi and Vincent Pastore, along with Whoopi Goldberg, Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Tom Morello, Edward Norton, …

What It Means To Be Indigenous on Thanksgiving since 1621

PJ Vegas is a singer, rapper, songwriter and producer from Los Angeles, CA and of Yoeme (Yaqui) heritage. He won a 2017 MTV VMA award for Best Video with a Message and was awarded a 2018 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Single. His father Pat Vegas is the bassist, guitarist and vocalist of Redbone, whose 1974 hit “Come …

Engaging Students Through Music

History teacher Ben Wides “traces it back” with a Teachrock.org CNN Soundtracks lesson plan that places Kendrick Lamar at the beginning of an exploration of Civil Rights based social movements from the mid-20th century to Black Lives Matter. The video was filmed at East Side Community High in New York, NY during Wides’ “Rock and Roll and Postwar History” class, …

Steven Van Zandt’s Educational Project Aims to Lower Dropout Rate – Spectrum News 1

There is no denying that Rock music has been instrumental in shaping American culture. Using his fame and platform, E Street Band guitarist, Steven Van Zandt is leading an initiative designed to empower teachers and engage students through popular music, with the aim of lowering the dropout rate. Orangethorpe Elementary School in Fullerton, California is the first campus to partner …