A week-long program that teaches educators and community leaders the best practices in hip hop & spoken word pedagogy.

Hip Hop in the Heartland is specifically designed for: superintendents, district administrators, school leaders, lead teachers, student services personnel, hip hop and spoken word educators and practitioners, and anyone committed to social justice and inclusive education.

Educators who attend Hip Hop in the Heartland:


  • Gain a better understanding of the scope of hip hop history, culture, and politics
  • Discover best practices in hip hop and spoken word pedagogy
  • Explore ways to advocate for student-centered learning
  • Develop strategies to improve student academic achievement, reduce behavior issues, and energize school communities
  • Learn techniques to engage students from underserved populations
  • Share ideas with colleagues around how to meet the needs of all students