A Hip-Hop Approach to Addressing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Trauma in Schools
In the curriculum Like Music to My Ears: A Hip-Hop Approach to Addressing Social Emotional Learning & Trauma in Schools, Dwayne D. 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.
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About the Author
Dwayne D. Williams is a school psychologist, author, and educational consultant who provides training to school districts on how to create culturally responsive social emotional learning and trauma-informed programs. Dwayne’s work with trauma did not begin as a school psychologist; it began at the age of eight, when he experienced life as a homeless child. Now, as a school psychologist and interventionist, He uses his story and success to inspire children and youth who come from traumatic backgrounds. He uses his story to provide hope and to share the message that all students can become successful—no matter their background, no matter their skin color, no matter their experiences.
Dwayne is the CEO of Tier 1 Educational Coaching, 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 Emotional Learning and Trauma in Schools” with hundreds of students—and coaches practitioners through the process of creating groups that integrate SEL, cognitive behavioral therapy principles, and hip-hop culture. Dwayne is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he studies curriculum and instruction.
“Prior to this group, I had all Fs. As soon as Mr. Williams explained that we had to bring our grades up to at least Cs, I immediately got on my books. I brought all of my Fs up . . . I brought my F up in math to a B. This is how I know we can do anything we put our mind to, and this group is the reason I did it.”
“Before I started coming to this group, I didn’t like none of the teachers in this school. Now, I realize that I gotta connect with them, because they are here to help me get to where I need to be in life.”
“I can’t wait to get back to school. I’m going to teach my teacher how to play 'Name that Song'. The kids in the classroom are going to love it!”
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Definitely. Practitioners are encouraged to join the Like Music to My Ears Community, where they can access free resources, including how-to videos, recommendations from the author Dwayne D. Williams, and short articles about the curriculum. Practitioners can join the community here. Within the community, members will have an opportunity to learn how other practitioners are using the curriculum and how students from across the country are responding to the activities. Community members are encouraged to share successes and roadblocks they are experiencing with their groups—and to enter the community ready to learn strategies from Dwayne D. Williams on how to remove barriers in order to enhance the group process.