New York, N.Y. (February 23, 2007) Music affects all of us, whether it be on the way to work with an iPod in your ear or listening to the newest beat during commercial runs. Beastie Boys, Busta Rhymes, Bow-Wow, Bone-Thugs, Bubba Sparks–all of these artists have one thing in common–they are hip-hop.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education´s (AACTE) will host a uniquely innovative and explorative educational seminar, entitled, Exploring the Use of Hip-Hop as an Innovative and Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Resource, at its 59th Annual Meeting & Exhibits in New York City on Monday, February 26 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10010.

The forum is open to the public and attendees will experience ground-breaking transitional and cross-cultural opportunity for dialogue among hip-hop practitioners, scholars, activists and artists who are at the forefront of the creation and dissemination of this unique art and cultural form.

Some of the biggest names in hip-hop education will participate in this revolutionary forum, including: Hakim Green; a former teacher for the East Orange, N.J. School District, Hakim formed an after-school study group for grades 6-12, A.C.T. Now (African Children of Tomorrow-Now). Hakim´s has garnered the reputation as a "one stop shop" in the music business. He is the New York representative for The Temple of Hip Hop, an organization created by KRS One; Jason Parker, a hip-hop political strategist and actor who currently stars on HBO´s original series, "The Wire," as Officer Reggie Leddett. Parker will soon host a new broadband channel entitled, "Hip Hop Evolution" (www.hiphopevolution.tv). This channel is designed to preserve the culture of hip-hop, one interview at a time; Bakari Kitwana, (www.bakarikitwana.com) co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention, author of The Hip Hop Generation, Why White Kids Love Hip Hop, Young Blacks and the Crisis in African Culture, and former editor of the nation´s top-selling music magazine The Source; Dr. Tricia Rose, (www.triciarose.com) a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and specialist in 20th century African-American culture and politics, social thoughts, popular culture and gender issues. Rose is the author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America.

Her articles appear in a number of publications including: Time, Essence, The New York Times, The Village Voice and Vibe Magazine; Gabriel "Asheru" Benn, is an accomplished hip-hop artist, activist and practitioner who has worked with Mos-Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Common and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Benn developed a curriculum entitled H.E.L.P. (www.edlyrics.com) that uses hip-hop to teach urban youth how to read and write.

More and more, educators are tapping into the energy and culture of hip-hop as an effective and transformative pedagogical tool. These educators are finding that hip-hop offers a means for reaching minority students and fostering links between racial and ethnic groups while providing a wider understanding of how these groups are integrated into global hierarchies of power. This forum dissects the history of hip-hop and how it relates to education today. Presenters will provide their insights which are critical for relevant explorations, not only in the practice of hip-hop, but also of the ways in which it can be effectively utilized as a source of empowerment at local and global levels.

For media credentials at the Annual Meeting please go to the AACTE Media Room located in the video conference room, 4th Floor of the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10010.

For more information on Exploring the Use of Hip-Hop as an Innovative and Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Resource, please visit http://www.aacte.org/Events/07amhighlights.aspx, or contact Jade Floyd at jfloyd@aacte.org or by phone at 202.478.4596.

AACTE: Serving Learners

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national voluntary association of higher education institutions and other organizations and is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality preparation and continuing professional development for teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The almost 800 institutions holding AACTE membership include private, state, and municipal colleges and universities large and small located in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Gu am. In addition, AACTE has a growing number of affiliate members, including state departments of education, community colleges, educational laboratories and centers, and foreign institutions and organizations. Collectively, the AACTE membership prepares more than two-thirds of the new teachers entering schools each year in the United States.

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