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Dando, Ladson-Billings featured in Madison Commons article on bringing hip-hop to school

July 19, 2017
UW-Madison's Michael Dando and Gloria Ladson-Billings were featured in a story from Madison Commons about the benefits of bringing hip-hop to classrooms. 

Dando received his Ph.D. this past spring from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Ladson-Billings holds the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

The article cites Ladson-Billings' research that explores how African American teachers make up less than 5 percent of the U.S. public school teaching population, while 30 percent of the student population is made up of students of color. This creates a need for a greater focus on culturally-relevant teaching and learning for students. 

This fuels Dando's own approach and he "strives to use student culture as the bones of his teaching," the article states.

Dando is currently working with the Madison Metropolitan School District to implement "Hip-Hop Studies" in the upcoming school year at all four high schools. 

Including hop-hop in curriculum helps learning become more culturally relevant, creates learning communities and gets students excited about learning, Dando told Madison Commons. 

Read the full Madison Commons article: "Hip-hop in the classroom engages, reaches students."

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