ABOUT ROCK THE SCHOOL BELLS
Because standardized education is often mismatched with students' experiences within their community, Rock The School Bells (RTSB) is a conference that provides a space for youth and students of all ages to participate and engage in a blend of workshops that: 1) enhance their ability to think critically about current issues in the world as well as in their communities, 2) read and write about topics related to their life’s experiences, 3) display effective oral and written communication, and 4) understand the historical and cultural aspects of Hip Hop and its effect on society and education.
Every year, we invite educators, community, art organizations, dance companies, and artists to participate in our annual conference. RTSB 11 invites proposals for workshops focused on, but not limited to, each of the 5 elements of Hip Hop, including sub categories of each element. RTSB values the diversity and uniqueness of workshop proposal submissions. As a result, we would highly consider workshops related to health and fitness, sustainability, career and technical education, or social justice.
THEME FOR RTSB 11: Re://fresh
The theme of Rock The School Bells 11 is "Re://fresh." Given that this is our 11th Annual Rock The School Bells, we wanted to honor the legacies of Hip Hop that were passed down to us and refocus on all elements of Hip Hop.
This year, we will highlight workshops that will help facilitate thought and action to our youth and community by asking questions such as: *How do we re-understand what each of the elements are?*How can we re-imagine what each element contributes to self and to the community?
Each workshop will be required to include:-1 activity-An interactive lesson for middle school and high school aged youth (not full lecture)-History and contextualization of the culture of Hip-Hop-15 mins for post survey guidance and completion
As a result of this year's theme, we will not deny workshops who do no follow this topic but will prioritize workshops that can integrate this theme around "Re://fresh".