Hip Hop in the Heartland

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Registration for Hip Hop in the Heartland is closed.

14th Annual Summer Institute 

July 9-12, 2018
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
WI Idea Room 
Madison, WI 53706

$400 (individual)
$350 (groups of 5-9)
$325 (groups of 10+) 
$300 (Spring Seminar Attendee)  

Hip Hop in the Heartland
 is specifically designed for:

Classroom teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school personnel, community educators, college educators, community leaders, education students, hip hop and spoken word educators and practitioners, and anyone committed to social justice and urban education.

Gain a better understanding of the scope of hip hop history, culture, and politics. Deepen your practice as a spoken word and hip hop educator, and engage in best practice approaches to student-centered liberatory education models.

     • Discover the best practices in hip hop and spoken word pedagogy
     • Learn skills to better reach and mentor your students
     • Improve academic achievement, reduce behavior issues and energize your classroom
     • Get practical strategies for increasing participation and building community
     • Meet new colleagues and enjoy UW-Madison's beautiful campus!

The 2018 Hip Hop in the Heartland schedule is now available! 
 *Please note that this year's event is 4 days long.

Click here to view the 2018 schedule

Questions? Email Matthew Freid at freid@wisc.edu.


  • Residence hall lodging is available in Jorns Hall. Single occupancy is $​35.00 per night, double occupancy is $​25.00 per night per person. Jorns Hall is located approximately 1/2 mile from where the event will be held.

    These accommodations are very basic. Limited number of rooms available.

    Use the following link to reserve your room or for additional information about residence hall accommodations: Online Reservations 

    FAQs: Hip Hop in the Heartland Jorns Residence Hall Lodging Overview

Professional Advancement Credits (PACs)

MMSD teachers who attend a Hip Hop in the Heartland event may be able to use their participation towards PAC credits.  
For detailed information on how to obtain PAC credits for participation in Hip Hop in the Heartland , visit https://pd.madison.k12.wi.us/pdinformation and click the “PD Credits & PACs” tab.

Hip Hop in the Heartland's Annual Educator and
Community Leader Training Institute

Each summer, UW-Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) teams up with Urban Word NYC to offer educators and community leaders a ​4-day program to learn the best practices in hip hop and spoken word pedagogy. The Institute brings together the leading educators, professors, emcees and activists utilizing the media of spoken word, hip hop, and urban arts as relevant, dynamic and necessary educational tools to engage students across multi-disciplinary curricula.

Hip Hop in the Heartland draws from educational theories such as socio-cultural theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, critical race theory, and hip hop and social justice pedagogies, to help educators and community leaders connect hip hop as both an art form and an instructional tool to improve the academic success of students who remain marginalized in our schools.

Participants learn proven, hands-on techniques to develop lesson plans and strengthen their course study, as well as create a platform from which they will understand the scope of hip hop history, culture and politics. Evening programming consists of an all-star cast who will synthesize the day trainings with effective strategies and cutting-edge multicultural educational approaches.

Past and Current Hip Hop in the
Heartland Facilitators

2015 Facilitators

Michael Cirelli

Executive Director
Urban Word NYC

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Professor of Urban Education
Dep​t. of Curriculum & Instruction

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Baba Israel

Baba Israel 

Spoken word and hip-hop teaching-artist

Co-founder, Playback NYC



Alan Sitomer

California Teacher of the Year Award Winner

Author of Homeboyz, The Hoopster, and ​other YA novels

Toni Blackman

Toni Blackman

Rapper, actress, writer

U.S. State Department Musical Ambassador


Bettina Love

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Educational Theory & Practice

University of Georgia


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