Few would disagree that the education system in America could use some tweaking. Maybe large-scale reform. Perhaps even a complete overhaul. Educational output across most metrics fall short of where we probably want to be as a nation, and in some aspects -- particularly with poorer populations and especially communities of color, the outlook is even more discouraging. 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic further exposed flaws in many social systems including education that dramatically exacerbated these issues.
Luckily, there are exceptional people who study education -- whose job it is to examine and measure the effectiveness of educators and educational systems in the country. They conduct research, they develop ideas, they train other teachers.
Over the past few years, many of them point to a powerful tool that has long been shown to increase capabilities of students across all grade levels and demographics, and particularly among those traditionally underrepresented groups. And while we’re still waiting to see how potentially drastic changes to the educational system as a whole will play out, this tool remains as potent as before -- perhaps more than ever.
In April, 2019, as it had been doing for the previous two years, that tool was on full, glorious display at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in a day-long exploration and celebration of Hip-Hop based Education attended by education professionals and students from all levels ...
It exemplified the incredible potential that sits at the intersection of education and the arts, particularly the undisputed youth culture champion of the world. Hip-hop.
Social change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The parts we can see—people in the streets, wall-to-wall media coverage, perhaps even landmark legislation - can sometimes feel abrupt. But these visual cues are like the erupting volcano. Before it explodes, it may simmer for decades, building pressure and moving slowly through pockets of the earth before finally erupting.
Along the way there are champions of change who often toil behind the scenes and push the flywheel of change until it gathers momentum and eventually moves on its own. One such person is Susan McPherson.
Susan McPherson is the founder and CEO of McPherson strategies, a consulting and communications firm that advises organizations on sustainability, corporate responsibility and empowerment. Her client roster is a who’s who of household name corporations, NGOs and passion projects that are near and dear to her heart.
Looking to start a social initiative in your organization but not sure how or when? Better call Susan. Worried that your efforts will seem inauthentic and performative? Better call Susan. Interested in partnering with another organization to bring your sustainable vision to life? You know who to call.
You can find Susan McPherson on Twitter, LinkedIn and on her website.
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In commemoration of this year’s Juneteenth, as countless people flood the streets all across this country calling for justice, equality, and an end to police brutality, among other demands—testament that the struggle is far, far from over—we’re re-releasing an episode that documents proof of this modern-day, state-sponsored slavery, highlighting a sinister and covert FBI initiative codenamed COINTEPRO, short for Counter Intelligence Program.
The episode features interviews with Steven Renderos, executive director of nonprofit national racial justice hub Media Justice; Michael German, a fellow with the nonprofit Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, and former FBI special agent; and Glen Ford, acclaimed journalist, political activist and executive editor of progressive online video news network Black Agenda Report. Our musical guest artist for this episode is New York-based hip hop fusion artist, DJ, educator, activist, and one of our Artists in Residence, LiKWUid.
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