Jamel Mims

WHY YOU SHOULD DROP EVERYTHING AND START TEACHING KENDRICK LAMAR’S NEW ALBUM

In the age of an emerging #BlackLivesMatter culture, Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' is a seminal text: it presents an analysis of a conflicted black youth whose hopes and aspirations are enmeshed in a state that relies on his exploitation.  America, it seems, continues to 'pimp' and eviscerate its butterflies, ripping off their wings, extinguishing their flames, and ...

Michael Wiggins

AFTER FERGUSON

If we truly care about closing the achievement gap and ending the oppression of black and brown people, it's not possible to teach history from a solely objective viewpoint. Recent conversations around the issues of policing in communities of color lead me to believe that what we have done, yet again, is misjudge the distance between us. We, the "American people", are separated by a gulf ...

Philip Courtney

Art Creates Opportunities

I sometimes wonder how on earth I ended up doing what I do. I was a troublesome student. In every classroom setting I felt this uncontrollable urge to change the flow of the lesson. I’d lean back on my chair, and eventually fall backwards much to the enjoyment of my classmates. I’d make jokes to get them all laughing. My teachers called ...

Katrena Perou

Community School Serendipity

Six years ago, when my then boss, Richard Buery, sent me to the Children's Aid Society's Community School Practicum at Columbia University, I didn’t know anything about the Community Schools movement . Richard was interested in exploring the idea of opening up a community school in East New York, Brooklyn. At Richard’s behest, I joined educators from all over ...

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in Early Childhood Education

Controlled Autonomy (or set-ups and sweet spots)

Contributed by T. Scott Lilly, EASE Teaching-Artist (This discussion is through the lens of District 75 and working with children with special needs. It is my hope that this discussion will also have resonance within General Education) I've been thinking a lot, off and on, time to time, here and there, about how we learn and how we "teach". ... Continue reading ›

James Miles

James Miles

Fresh Ed Professor

James Miles in Early Childhood Education

SERIOUS PLAY

Is there a direct correlation between early childhood learning experiences, and high school graduation rates? Are students academic learning outcomes in later years, predetermined by the quality of their early childhood education?Research on the subject is all over the place, but, from what I have read, science strongly suggests the answer to these questions is "maybe". "...early childhood is the most important inflection ... Continue reading ›

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in BLOG, Events

Come Check Us Out at SXSWEdu!

Urban Arts Partnership will be out in full force at SXSWEdu! The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups ... Continue reading ›

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in Teaching Artists

Self Portraits and “I Am” Poems at PS306

Contributed by Jessica Kairé, Story Studio Teaching Artist At PS306, we recently celebrated the completion of our first Story Studio unit: the self portrait. Following an intricate creative process of artmaking, during which fifth-grade students experimented with watercolor techniques and explored descriptive detail by writing their “I Am” poems, we enjoyed a day of sharing In continuing our ... Continue reading ›

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in Teaching Artists

Student Engagement Leads to Teacher Transformation

Contributed by Jessica Maffia, Story Studio Teaching Artist For our second project of the school year, my 9th and 10th graders are working on identity collages. I drew each student's profile by tracing their shadow. We looked at master collage artists such as Romare Bearden, Anthony Brown and Benton Lutaaya to see how artists can communicate who ... Continue reading ›

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in Arts Integration, Teaching Artists

Desert, Ocean, Wetland, Forest and Tundra!

Students in Ms.Rico’s 3rd grade science class at Elizabeth Learning Center created five shadow puppet videos as part of their unit on habitats. Students wrote stories with their teacher Ms.Rico, emphasizing important vocabulary and concepts around life cycles and adaptation. Students then created shadow puppets with which to narrate their tales. In order to set the ... Continue reading ›

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in BLOG

The 4th Annual Teresa Hughes Independent Film Festival!

This fall, students of Teresa Hughes Elementary School in Los Angeles wrote, shot and edited five short films within just 10 weeks. Mr. Lopez’s 4th grade class created a short film adaptation of the short story, “My Diary from Here to There”, a true story about a young girl who immigrates with her family from Juarez, ... Continue reading ›

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in Community Schools, Teaching Artists

High School for Health Careers Talent Show!

On Wednesday December 17th, Health Careers and Sciences High School hosted its second annual Talent Show, all students were invited to attend and participate. The talent show was organized by school day teacher Annabelle Gonzalez and Teaching Artist Frantz Jerome alongside volunteer teachers and other CBOs.    https://vimeo.com/117319990   Continue reading ›