The class, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Reimagining Education With Rappers + Corporate America.” Two sessions will be held from 1-2:15 p.m. (ET) and from 2:30-3:45 p.m. (ET).
This masterclass will explore creative ways to pursue change within America’s education system through unlikely partnerships. Small is the co-founder of Reading With a Rapper, a venture that connects high-school students with rappers to strengthen their English Language Arts (ELA) skills. Since creating the program, Small has gone on to start a variety of side hustles that are creating impact in his community.
Small will help Ignite Masterclass attendees learn how to build partnerships and connect different parts of their passions to form their own side hustles.
Reading With a Rapper is an innovative educational curriculum focused on teaching ELA in a way that makes today’s young people sit up and listen. Students hone their reading and writing skills through a series of activities and exercises built around rap music with socially conscious lyrics, video content and technology. Students learn how to relate real-world concepts expressed in rap songs to literature and writing.
Students in classes taught by faculty members from three colleges and universities will also participate in this Ignite Masterclass session. The faculty members include Tonia Warnecke, Ph.D., of Rollins College; Scott Kelly of Campbell University; and Valeri Werpetinski of the University of Illinois.