Woke Cypha Sessions (Curriculum Development)
The Woke Cypha Sessions will provide a supportive and collaborative environment for educators to engage in meaningful ideation and construction of curricula based on current instructional goals creating innovative, culturally relevant and responsive lessons and learning experiences. In the spirit and tradition of improvised rap or freestyling teachers gather in and across content areas to formulate new ideas, activities and learning experiences that are centered in the development and mastery of academic skills and positive racial identity development for students of the African Diaspora.
These learning experiences engage students in the development of their socio-political consciousness and aid in the construction of their ability to be agents of change for their generation and communities.
The Urban Dictionary offers these definitions for a Woke Cypha:
Being Woke means being aware. Knowing what’s going on in the community. Relating to Racism and Social Injustice
Cypher or “cypha”:
- Anything cyclical. If you’re freestyling, you rap in a cypher (one after the other). Building and or countering off of ideas given prior. (Bold our emphasis)
- The process of tapping into your subconscious. A state of mind where thoughts and actions flow from your mind rather than being instrumented. Clearly shown in freestyle/beatbox circles and breakdancing.
Unit and Learning Plans
6th Grade Social Studies (Radesha Piles)
7th Grade Science ICT/ELL (Cassandra Baptiste)
7th & 8th Grade History ICT/ELL (Edwin Done)
9th Grade English (Antoinette Thorne)
11th Grade Humanities (Jacqueline Jackson)
12th Grade English (Tom McConkey)