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.  …

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, …