A Hip-Hop Approach to Addressing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Trauma in Schools
While there are “evidence-based” curricula available to help students develop social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies and process traumatic events, many students in general and culturally diverse learners in particular, refuse to participate in traditional school-based groups that address SEL and trauma.
In the curriculum Like Music to My Ears: A Hip-Hop Approach to Addressing Social Emotional Learning & Trauma in Schools, Dr. Williams reveals proven strategies that educators can use to get students to say “Yes!” to developing SEL competencies and “Yes!” to dealing with stress and trauma in schools. Not only does Williams share how to adapt SEL and trauma-informed curricula for students who love hip-hop—but also he details exactly how to get your students to help you do it.
Order your copy today, and learn how to create hip-hop SEL and trauma-informed groups that students describe as relevant, meaningful, and stimulating!
About the Curriculum
In Like Music to My Ears, Dwayne D. Williams shows how to use hip-hop cultural elements to develop social emotional learning (SEL) competencies, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
These SEL competencies have been effective at increasing academic engagement and decreasing suspension rates among students who completed the program. Additionally, Williams provides evidence-based strategies practitioners can use to help students process traumatic events—and he shares stress reduction strategies that all students can use at any time.
About the Author
Dr. Williams is the CEO of Begin With Their Culture, an organization that helps districts adapt instructional practices to meet the cultural needs of culturally diverse learners. He is the author of 7 books, including An RTI Guide to Improving Performance of African American Students. He has used his curriculum, Like Music to My Ears: A Hip-Hop Approach to Addressing Social and Emotional Learning and Trauma in Schools, with hundreds of students. He coaches practitioners through the process of designing Tier 2 groups that integrate SEL, cognitive behavioral theory principles, and hip-hop culture. Dr. Williams earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he studied curriculum and instruction.
Evidence of Effectiveness
Students who interacted with the curriculum demonstrated measurable growth in their ability to
● become self-aware
● manage emotions when frustrated and distressed
● identify resources within their school and community to help meet goals
● develop and maintain relationships with teachers and administrators they disliked—and
● make responsible decisions at school and within their communities.
Additionally, students who refused to share their narratives around trauma became receptive to processing traumatic events and learned stress-reduction strategies to calm themselves when anxious, afraid, and stressed. Students also demonstrated academic growth in the classroom.
The Curriculum in Action
In the following videos, Dr. Williams uses activities from the curriculum Like Music to My Ears: A Hip-Hop Approach to Addressing SEL and Trauma in Schools.