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Author/professor Gloria Ladson-Billings to speak on hip hop’s connection to success in the classroom

September 3, 2014 | By Stephanie Weaver

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D
Gloria Ladson-Billings

Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Innovation in Urban Education welcomes author and professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D, for “Hip Hop/Hip Hope: Reinventing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy” on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public, however registration is required. To register, email

During her lecture, Ladson-Billings, who coined the term “culturally relevant pedagogy,” will describe how hip hop provides a hope for engaging students in a culturally relevant way to ensure their academic, cultural, and social-civic success.

A book signing for her books The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms will immediately follow the lecture.

Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Endowed Professor in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a faculty affiliate in the departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and Afro-American Studies. From 2005-06 she was the president of the American Educational Research Association.

A well-known author and editor, Ladson-Billings has won numerous scholarly awards and honorary degrees, including the Hilldale Award at the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Heritage Award, and Columbia University’s 2008 Distinguished Service Medal. In 2009 she was elected to Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society’s Laureate Chapter.

Recently, she was a panelist on the White House’s African American Educational Excellence Initiative’s Essence Festival “Smart Starts at Home” panel.

About CIUE:

The Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE) at Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education is a collaborative space for those concerned with the educational experiences of students, families, and educators in urban schools. CIUE strives to participate in local and national conversations about urban education. Through CIUE’s research, program development, and community engagement, grounded in Baltimore, but extending to other urban communities in the United States, its vision is to work collaboratively to ensure equity in schools in urban communities.

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