Latest posts from Bay Area

Mar 01 2015

The Prophetic Fish

                  “Teacher, my dad buyed me a pet!” exclaimed Dino, shifting back and forth beaming down at a plastic 6 oz. cup with murky water and, sure enough, a fish swimming around.  This was my third day as a teacher in the U.S. and because the district…

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Apr 08 2014

On Teaching Black

Note: this post is teaching black, not teaching while black. That’s another whole thing that we’ll talk about later. This post is about teaching in a way consistent with black cultural codes (don’t be racist, I’m talking about the things that are awesome about black culture, because there isn’t a single problem with the black…

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Hey TeachForUs, Just wanted to let you know about the free financial aid one-on-one consultations my organization, The Hip Hop Education Project, is offering to high school seniors trying to interpret their financial aid packages. Please let any high school teachers / students / parents you know that this is completely free and all students…

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Apr 02 2014

The Engagement Diaries

It’s super important to teach kids your values (not because they don’t come in with values of their own, but because it’s important for them to understand why your classroom is structured as it is). Okay so you’re putting values on the table right? You can only enact those values when your classroom is structured around those…

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Mar 19 2014

The World is Yours

Hey Teachforus – I’m starting a critical hip-hop pedagogy reading group. I’m really interested in engaging teachers, former teahcers and soon-to-be teachers. Everything I do is fun fun fun, so if you’re in the Bay Area and even a little interested, please be so kind as to fill out this google doc (it’ll take you…

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Feb 27 2014

Sorry #ResistTFA

Listen, if you knew me 3 years ago, every other word out of my mouth was a critique of TFA. I still have a few left over and at this point they’re awesome. However, I’d like to share a thing I appreciate about TFA after teaching in a very non-TFA school that works with low-income…

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Jan 30 2014


by Beyonce I’m working on this curriculum (hint it has to do with Beyonce) and I’m thinking a lot about innovation. I’m also thinking about interrupting. Before I joined TFA I did anti-violence work including trying to keep kids away from commercial sex trafficking. One of my 75 million projects is to develop this anti-trafficking…

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Dec 15 2013

Just a Moment

by Nas Let us all have a Beyonce moment. Let us all drop something unexpectedly beautiful on the world. Let us create and create and create and share about our loves and our loses. Let’s love and honor our bodies, let’s push ourselves to understand how powerful women are. Let’s do something different, something people…

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Nov 26 2013

I Know I Can

by Nas This song is really the perfect metaphor for hip-hop pedagogy.  Why? Peep this video Also – you’ll hear some follow up from last weeks conversation as the role of teacher as instructor and “inspirer.” It’s cool to be a good instructor, but it’s a game changer to be a real teacher – someone…

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Nov 15 2013

Video Killed The Radio Star

- The Buggles So I made a video. I’m just trying to talk to kids about their rights in the classroom and maybe share some math hacks. We should teach empowered students. We’ll see where the channel goes, but here’s the premiere!

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