A NEW WAY TO TEACH AND LEARN
We provide high-level professional development workshops in the Fresh Ed pedagogy for middle school ELA and Social Studies classroom teachers.Our MCs (Masters of Curriculum) also collaborate with teachers in the classroom to implement Fresh Ed lessons, skills, and strategies learned in the professional development workshops.Participating teachers learn skills and strategies to facilitate student artistic creation centered on their ELA and Social Studies curriculum. Teachers and students learn to use digital tools to create and document their projects. Our partner schools are located in District 14 and District 19 in Brooklyn.
In order to improve students’ academic performance, Fresh Ed addresses the key problem of lack of student engagement and motivation.The style through which academic content is delivered to students is often the deciding factor in their choice of how, when and why to engage in their own learning process. By acknowledging the cultural context and pop culture interests of middle school students, Fresh Ed is able to respond to the students' culture, to build confidence and boost academic achievement.
Fresh Ed harnesses the inherent mnemonic power of music; when facts and information to be memorized are put into a melody, rhyme, and/or rhythm the content is easier for the mind to retrieve. The mnemonic effectiveness of music combined with culturally responsive pedagogy, will result in a greater interest in exploring content in ways that deepen conceptual understanding. In addition to listening to, and examining the music, students will remix the Fresh Ed songs, creating their own songs. Fresh Ed music becomes an informational and an assessment tool allowing both, students and teachers, to gain musical skills and understandings in how to apply them.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
In middle schools, Fresh Ed is a professional development program that trains teachers to use youth culture and arts-based strategies to increase engagement and boost student success in ELA and Social Studies. We ask students to not only listen to and analyze our specially designed, standards-based music, but to also remix those songs and create their own. While students are reinterpreting the work of master artists, they are actively developing their own unique artistic voice, thereby increasing fluency in the academic content. Fresh Ed’s comprehensive effort to improve teaching and learning through culturally responsive pedagogy and song-writing, drastically alters the vision of what a classroom can look and sound like, preparing students to meet and beat their standardized exams.
HIGH SCHOOL TEST PREP
In New York City high school, Fresh Ed harnesses the power of Hip-Hop music and culture to help students who have failed the Regents Exam to beat the test. Fresh Ed's Masters of Curriculum (MCs) partner with teachers to engage students in standards-aligned curricula that positions youth culture at the center of the classroom. At the core of our test prep program is our academic-based music where by frequently listening to the songs increases participants chances of passing the test. Participants leave with the core competencies, self-efficacy, and confidence necessary for high school graduation and college-readiness.
MEET THE TEAM
Fresh Prep Project Director