Announcing the first state sponsored Hip Hop Education grant program!

Participating Schools

What is H2E2?

H2E2 is a new education initiative that aims to establish a statewide network of qualified Hip Hop and urban cultural educators and provide resources, mentorship and support for teaching artists and industry professionals in obtaining Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) Career Technical Education (CTE) Designated Subjects (DS) Credentials through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to be a credentialed teacher in California public high schools. 

Additionally H2E2 will establish AME pathway course outlines, curriculum, resources, frameworks, student leadership opportunities and a structure for Hip Hop focused AME programs to emerge and develop in the state.

Overarching Program Goals: 

-To address the teacher shortage and retention issue in high needs schools by establishing a pipeline for aspiring teaching artists, advisory partners and hip hop professionals interested in becoming credentialed educators in CTE programs in AME sector.  

-To establish culturally responsive programs that teach relevant skills and competencies to help students graduate high school and equip them for post-secondary options and careers in creative industries.

-To develop teaching artists as industry partners, advisors & co-teachers for CTE programs.

-To develop and formalize student leadership opportunities through internships and mentoring

-To provide candidates, teachers, and schools with adequate resources and tools to be successful in the classroom, community and profession

Grant Requirements: 

-Design and establish an urban teacher workforce development and training program for industry professionals who aim to transition to a career in education

-Establish PD opportunities for AME teachers

-Assist with co-teaching and mentoring placement opportunities for preliminary credential holders.

-Facilitate community of practice for participating AME CTE teachers in training.

-Establish partnerships with industry to provide work-based learning opportunities for AME students.

-Design culturally responsive AME course outlines and curriculum.

-Integrate formal student leadership opportunities.

-Support for master classes, industry partnerships, and industry mentors for students.

-Facilitate biannual advisory meetings

The H2E2 core planning team

Sebastien Elkouby, AME Hip Hop Educator at View Park Preparatory High School and author of Global Awareness Through Hip Hop Culture curriculum

Rahman J. McCreadie, Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress, Inc (HHC), and founder of Rap Force Academy

Martha Diaz, Founding director of the Hip Hop Education Center and CEO of Hip Hop Communiversity (HHCU)

Mikle McBride, Director of Career Technical Education, Compton Unified School District

Learn More by viewing the slide deck from our February 2020 advisory meeting

Read our preliminary press release here

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