(John Robinson & Jason Rawls)
Who are Jay ARE?
YOUTH CULTURE POWER
In our schools, Hip-Hop culture is the dominant culture among the students. In Youth Culture Power: A #HipHopEd Guide to Building Student Teacher Relationships and Increasing Student Engagement, Jason D. Rawls and John Robinson, educators and hip-hop artists with experience in the classrooms of urban schools, focus their efforts through Hip-Hop Based Education (HHBE). They argue that Hip-Hop culture could be useful in building relationships and building student engagement.
Youth culture power (album)
For listeners, Youth Culture Power by Jay ARE consists of J Rawls produced, jazz-infused hip-hop tracks over which the emcees rhyme poetic on the state of educating inner city youth today. Rawls and Robinson list the many challenges; like culturally-biased standardized tests, the whitewashing of history in textbooks and the cutting of resources, but counter with a wealth of solutions; like relating to students, implementing new techniques in the classroom and simply being attentive to the happenings of their lives. The wordplay within every verse is weighted with the tenets of Youth Culture Pedagogy (YCP), and sound bites from educators and scholars with foundational schools of thought, like Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Jocelyn Wilson, Martha Diaz and Dr. Christopher Emdin, are laced throughout this musical journey. The project stays true to their musical craft as well as their educational message, welcoming longtime fans of their music in addition to educators and administrators.
YCP Virtual PD
Participants are introduced to the concept of #HipHopEd and some of its biggest proponents. Specifically, the concept of youth culture is presented as a means to procure, nurture and maintain healthy teacher-student relationships inside and outside the classroom. Participants will be guided through activities that are built on youth culture and are given tips on how to use these activities to facilitate learning and strengthen engagement. During the professional development, Robinson and Rawls (who have a long history of live performance on stages around the world) use their book and album, YOUTH CULTURE POWER: A #HipHopEd Guide to Building Teacher-Student Relationships, to create an experience which will have participants on their feet, energized, inspired and excited. In this professional development, teachers are taught to re-envision “best practices” in the areas of classroom management, lesson planning and instruction through performances and crowd participation.