Canned Curriculum: Ditch it. The Creative is You.

Devin shows off the title for his collection of poems for our unit on “Breads Around the World*”
Devin shows off the title for his book of poems for our unit of study on “Breads Around the World*”
An East Coast Teacher finds his artisty through abstract contour drawing. New York, 2018
Working with an East Coast teacher who finds his artistry through abstract contour drawing practice. New York, 2018
Check out my favorite Edutopia video from the year: Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts
  1. Zaretta Hammond: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Understand the role of culture in cognitive processing and how to design your lessons to meet the needs of the brain. Zaretta has some upcoming classes, some free, and a new book coming out in 2020.
  2. Studio Pathways, A bit of self promotion here, but come learn with us. We help teachers put into praxis the role of the arts and equity. We are the creative team behind Rise Up! An American Curriculum, Othering and Belonging Curriculum for UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, Racial Healing Curriculum developed for World Trust and the Kellogg Foundation and Instructional Designers for Zaretta Hammond (CRT and the The Brain).
  3. Follow the artists! Explore some of our favorites- Adia Millett, Hank Willis Thomas, Anna DeVeare Smith, Amy Sherald, Olafur Elliason, Brett Cook, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Carrie Mae Weems, Ai Wei Wei, Misty Copeland, your local orchestra, your local comedians, your local poets, your local graffiti artists, your local street artists, your local actors, your local visual artists, your local musicians, your local dancers. Follow them and observe the questions they ask, the things they make, the inferences made, the analysis they share. Invite them for coffee, invite them into your classroom, collaborate, and have the time of your life.
  4. Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, Diane Friedleander: A Humanistic Approach to Scaling Up. This piece explores systems thinking in education and centering humanity vs policy.
  5. Rise Up! An American Curriculum Creative explorations of democracy, revolution and citizenship, connecting past, present and future, found in the themes of Identity, Power, Embodiment, and Narrative. Inspired by Hamilton the Musical, this is a production of Studio Pathways including Marc Bamuthi Joseph at the The Kennedy Center, Michelle Mush Lee founder of Whole Story Group and Jah Yee Woo, Teacher of the Year, Oakland.
  1. “Canned Curriculum” Caterwauling by Carmel McDonald
  2. Teaching Canned Curriculum by Hope Teague-Bowling



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Mariah Rankine-Landers

Mariah Rankine-Landers

Mariah Rankine-Landers, Ed.M co-leads Studio Pathways for transformative school and organizational change that centers the cultural and contemporary arts.