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Electrifying the Classroom: A Look at Summer Teacher Institute 2010

Friday, July 2: 9:34 a.m.
Rock Hall inductee Bobby Massey of the O'Jays (right) with Director of Education Jason Hanley.

Last week the Rock Hall hosted its annual Summer Teacher Institute – an intensive workshop for educators where the Museum becomes the classroom and rock and roll becomes the teacher.  This year we welcomed 50 teachers from 17 states and Canada to the house that rock built to learn how they can use popular music in their own curriculum.  It’s an exciting time and one of my favorite weeks of the year.  The energy is palpable and contagious.

I think what makes Summer Teacher Institute so exciting is the diversity of experience that each year’s participants brings.  From kindergarten teachers to college professors, music teachers to science teachers, STI brings educators from all sides together to find ways to make learning come alive for their students through the power of rock and roll.  This year, I met an English teacher from San Francisco interested in the poetry of rock lyrics (he took the red-eye flight just to get here in time!), a US History teacher from New Jersey preparing to teach his own high school rock history course this fall (he said it filled up in five minutes), and a group of teachers from Milwaukee curious to learn how ...

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