Local schools welcome hip-hop, rap culture PHD


first_imgNew York City, NY- OCTOBER 5: Dr. Blake Brandes speaks to sixth graders at City Knoll Middle School as part of his hip-hop motivational assembly tour.Batesville, In. — On February 12, 13 and 15 the students of St. Louis School, Batesville Intermediate School, Batesville High School, Batesville Middle School and Batesville Primary will learn about the growth mindset and grit from Blake Brandes, who has a doctorate in hip-hop and global youth cultures, and is a TEDx speaker and international youth motivational speaker.Brandes will present the work of Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth in a fun, accessible manner that empowers children of all ages. The presentation will include age-appropriate and engaging growth mindset and grit lessons infused with beatboxing, comedic storytelling, and family-friendly freestyle rapping.“When students adopt a growth mindset, they become more resilient when facing challenges at school and at home, are less likely to give up, and believe more in their power to learn new things.” said Blake Brandes.Marsha Jones, associate superintendent of Springdale Public Schools in Arkansas, said, “Blake Brandes uses his talents as a hip-hop artist to capture the imagination of students and encourages them to pursue their dreams and aspirations. He is very skilled at reaching into the hearts and minds of students as he engages them in thinking about the endless possibilities for future success.”Through a demonstration of his passion for beatboxing and freestyle rap, along with stories of his own struggle to achieve his goals, Brandes brings energy and enthusiasm to the stage that allows him to connect with students. Brandes has given this presentation to thousands of students across the country, and is currently scheduled to visit over 120 schools in 21 states for the 2017-2018 school year.Look here for more information about reaction to his presentation.last_img

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