Biggie was our inspiration for this session because he was a masterful storyteller and we know that in order to persuade you must become a master of communication; through writing, speaking, imagery, movement. We’ve gone beyond the information age, the New Century student is all about the experiential age.
Welcome to our first podcast episode of the New Year! Episode 9: New Year Hard Truths. Inspired by CREAD blog posts, “Hard Truths Bring Clarity” by Humblevito and “Fear of a Black Rebellion” by Edunlevy. On this episode we discuss our 2018 goals and commitments for the work we do including the need to maintain a spiritual practice in order to live a truly anti-racist lifestyle and we discuss the many facets of Black rebellion inspired by the slave revolt of 1811 and what revolt looks like in 2018. Finally, we end our discussion talking about the often complex relationship of Black elders to Black youth via the Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cornell West beef.
It’s been a long time and we’re happy to be back together again, moving the culture forward.
Where theory meets practice and education meets liberation.
Last Week Saturday our Woke Cypha Crew came together to discuss one of my favorite things, assessments:
What are we asking students to do?
Why are we asking them to do it?How are we asking them to show what they know/learned?
How does what they’re being asked to do reflect the current socio political context and prepare them for a 21st Century world? I mean, this is school, right?
At least this should be what chool is based on?
How does what I’m learning affect my life?
What does success look like for you? How do you plan on measuring your success and in which ways are you holding yourself accountable? These are the questions we are asking teachers participating in our Woke Cypha. We are challenging them to be reflective in their practices and intentional in their approach. Make the commitment and be the change that you hope to see in 2018.
If you want to get all metaphysical and ish, changing your world, your reality, your habits, yourself is in fact changing the world, because we are all connected.
At our second session of our Woke Cypha we discussed the story of Kalief Browder. We intentionally took his story and put our teachers through a learning experience intended to evoke pain, anger, and frustration.
We wanted to embody the experience of taking pain and turning it into power.
We wanted to show them that WE are alchemists.