Reports and Case Studies

Through our partnership with the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at Steinhardt – New York University, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College – Columbia University and other colleges and universities, the Hip-Hop Education Center generates research and evaluation reports that inform and support initiatives around the use of hip-hop as an effective educational tool and practice. Our findings introduce successful hip-hop-based education models and best practices in the United States and internationally. We are working on the next iteration of this resource that will include dissertations, news articles, and other primary and secondary sources.
Four Areas of Research: Hip-Hop Education and Pedagogy, Hip-Hop Cultural and Artistic Praxis, Hip-Hop Economic and Community Development, and Hip-Hop Archiving and Preservation

It Takes a Hip-Hop Nation: A Three Year Study on Professional Development in the Hip-Hop Education Field
Edited by Martha Diaz, Raymond Codrington, and Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz

The purpose of this report is to document and synthesize the process and outcomes of three Hip-Hop Education Think Tank convenings that occurred over a three-year period from (2010-2013). This longitudinal study was conducted by the Hip-Hop Education Center to increase the understanding of the challenges, needs, and potential of the field of Hip-Hop Education. A key objective of the research is to identify best practices and models that can be adopted by the field. Our goal is to professionalize the field of Hip-Hop Education by establishing a framework that will include standards for teaching and learning. Our objective is to guide and advise teaching artists, educators, scholars, administrators, policymakers and funders on how to best use resources, improve outcomes, and scale and/or replicate best models and practices. This white paper provides recommendations for next steps and ideas on ways to create tools for the field.

Re-Imagining Teaching and Learning: A Snapshot of Hip-Hop Education
Written and Edited by Pedro Noguera, Edward Fergus, and Martha Diaz

This report explains the findings of a 2010-2011 national online census of Hip-Hop Education courses and programs as they relate to the current developmental state of the Hip-Hop Education field. The research was conducted by the Hip-Hop Education Center in collaboration with the Metropolitan Center at the Steinhardt School for Education, Culture, and Human Development, with a seed grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation. The census was designed to increase the understanding of the courses and programs that exist to support the professional and economic development of the field of Hip-Hop Education.

Evaluating Hip-Hop Education Programs
Written by Joel McIven

The focus of this paper is on the role of evaluation in hip-hop Education. This builds upon the previous stage of research, Re-Imagining Teaching and Learning: A Snapshot of Hip-Hop Education, which surveyed 206 Hip-Hop Education programs across the United States. This research gives an overview of the emerging field of Hip-hop Education, highlighting the diversity of contexts in which practice is being developed. The purpose of the present study is to focus more closely on a sample of programs, to gain an understanding of motivations and methods being employed, to begin to develop a framework for what should be subject to evaluation in hip-hop education, and what methods might be appropriate for doing this. Read Article

Making Connections with Hip-Hop Education and Pedagogy: Baltimore, Providence, and San Antonio Case Studies
Written by Raymond Codrington and Martha Diaz

This report documents a pilot study that examines the presence and role of Hip-Hop education and pedagogy in programming and outreach in cities where The Annie E. Casey’s Making Connections grantees and affiliates currently exist. More specifically, the study focuses on the following locations: Providence RI, Baltimore, MD, and San Antonio, TX. Overall, the project identifies a range of models and practices in regard to the engagement of Hip-Hop culture and youth development. This research project will serve as a comparative analysis that provides a clearer understanding of how Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop education is integrated in the youth sector in different cities.

The World Is Yours: A Brief History of Hip-Hop Education
Written by Martha Diaz

In order to understand the wide scope and impression of the Hip-Hop Education field, we provide an overview of Hip-Hop’s history, methodology, and praxis. We use the term Hip-Hop culture because it includes music, dance, spoken word, and visual elements. For the purpose of this research project, we will only focus on the United States. Our goal is to expand the research in the future to include the global Hip-Hop community.

Restoring Hip-­Hop’s Legacy!: Through Artifacts, Preservation and Education
Written by Martha Diaz

Over the past forty years, hip­-hop has evolved from a grassroots, community­-based culture born in the Bronx, New York, to one of the world’s most powerful cultural movements and economic forces. Yet despite it’s reach, and its potential to empower and inspire, hip-­hop culture is at risk of being forgotten by youth that are losing its connection to its roots. This is what a group of hip-­hop pioneers, scholars, teaching artists, researchers, archivists, curators, and entrepreneurs came together to discuss at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library. Although we are seeing an unprecedented effort to archive hip­-hop culture in museums, institutions of higher learning, and libraries, many of the youth of today do not have an understanding of, or interest in, its origins. Restoring Hip­-Hop’s Legacy: Through Artifacts, Conservation, and Education will address the intergenerational gap, while exploring how libraries, museums, and educational institutions can work in partnership with communities and artists to ensure that responsible archiving is part of the solution.

Renegades: Hip-Hop Social Entrepreneurs Leading the Way For Social Change
Written by Martha Diaz

This artistic thesis project documents and examines how Hip-Hop social entrepreneurs [HHSEs] are tackling our most pressing social problems through arts and culture. From violence prevention and human rights campaigns to award winning after-school programs and educational projects at the most prestigious arts and educational institutions, the power of Hip-Hop culture is being used to transform lives and whole communities. HHSEs are leading the way, and are determined individuals or groups that want to eradicate the fallout of poverty through creativity, innovation and the advancement of social equity. I plan to highlight some of the major intersecting contributions that HHSEs are making within this significant interdisciplinary culture and will demonstrate how this movement is gaining traction through women, globalization, and the growing field of social entrepreneurship.