Hip Hop in the Heartland

Typically each spring and summer, UW-Madison’s Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement and School of Education team up to offer educators and community leaders an opportunity to connect hip hop as both an art form and an instructional tool to improve the academic success of students who remain marginalized in our schools.

Hip Hop in the Heartland draws from educational theories such as socio-cultural theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, critical race theory, and hip hop and social justice pedagogies.

Participants learn proven, hands-on techniques to develop lesson plans and strengthen their course study, as well as create a platform from which they will understand the scope of hip hop history, culture and politics.

The spring seminar is generally offered in April as a one day seminar, while the summer institute spans across three to four days in July to dive deeper into the topics outlined below. Both events are held in Madison, WI.

Program Details

When: May 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m–2:30 p.m. CDT

Where: Online

Program Fee: $25 

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For additional information about Hip Hop in The Heartland 2021 please visit the UW-Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives page.

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Classroom teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school personnel, community educators, college educators, community leaders, education students, hip hop and spoken word educators and practitioners, and anyone committed to social justice and urban education.

Gain a better understanding of the scope of hip hop history, culture, and politics, deepen your practice as a spoken word and hip hop educator, and engage in best practice approaches to student-centered liberatory education models.

  • Discover the best practices in hip hop and spoken word pedagogy
  • Learn skills to better reach and mentor your students
  • Improve academic achievement, reduce behavior issues and energize your classroom
  • Get practical strategies for increasing participation and building community
  • Meet new colleagues and enjoy UW-Madison’s beautiful campus!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the schedule for the day?

Coming soon!

Where can I park?

Parking information will be available once a date and venue are secured for July 2020.

Can I get Professional Advancement Credits (PACs)?

MMSD teachers who attend a Hip Hop in the Heartland event may be able to use their participation towards PAC credits.

For detailed information on how to obtain PAC credits for participation in Hip Hop in the Heartland, visit https://pd.madison.k12.wi.us/pdinformation and click the “PD Credits & PACs” tab.

Are scholarships available?


If questions about Hip Hop in the Heartland, please email PLACE Conference and Event Planning Services at conferences@education.wisc.edu.