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All People, All Classrooms: Black History Month and More with TeachRock

Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST

All People, All Classrooms: Black History Month and More with TeachRock

Presented by Lynn Jeka, Collaborating Teacher, Yerington Intermediate School (NV); Imani Wilson, Director of Media and Culture, TeachRock; and Gina Machado, Associate Director of School Partnerships, TeachRock

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This edWebinar highlights FREE lessons on that demonstrate how music can deepen an understanding of Black history across all subjects including history, English, math, and science. The featured TeachRock lessons facilitate the exploration of the cultural context of various music genres, including gospel, blues, salsa, and hip hop, and emphasize music as a vehicle for storytelling, resistance, and celebration within the African American community.

Viewers hear from a TeachRock educator who shares how they are currently using TeachRock resources in their classroom. Viewers also receive a curated list of FREE resources available on including lesson plans, student edition slide decks, and artist biographies to support educators in fostering a more inclusive and culturally responsive classroom environment through music during Black History Month and beyond.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to middle and high school teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Lynn Jeka

About the Presenters

Lynn M. Jeka is a middle school science teacher and choir director at Yerington Intermediate School in Yerington, Nevada. She previously served as an elementary science specialist and STEM integration coach at a Pre-K through fourth-grade elementary school. She holds a Bachelor of Music in music history, a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, and master’s degree in elementary STEM education. She is a 2021 Nevada State Teacher of the Year Finalist and a 2024 National STEM Fellow. When she is not helping students understand the real-world applications of science and engineering or helping them find their own passions in music, she is an avid hiker, runner, and outdoor enthusiast with a love for the national parks.

Imani Wilson

Imani Wilson is Director of Media and Culture at TeachRock. Prior to joining the foundation, Imani taught music in the public schools of New York and New Orleans, was a museum educator in London, and led music departments in community art schools and conservatories. Imani’s writing is anthologized in collections published in the UK and the US. Her work at TeachRock lives at the intersection of her passion for teaching music with her love of research and writing as seen in her favorite resources, the Lost Friends and Afrofuturism and Flying Africans Student Editions. A lifelong church musician, she is a member of the Greater Allen Cathedral Mass Choir.

Gina Machado

Gina Machado is the Associate Director of School Partnerships at TeachRock. Beginning her career as a classroom teacher in the Bronx, New York, she now designs arts-integrated education materials for TeachRock and leads professional development sessions across the United States, working alongside teachers to implement the TeachRock curriculum. An educator at heart, Gina’s true passion lies in creating new and innovative ways to reach students of all levels, always aiming to foster the student-teacher relationship.

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TeachRock.orgLaunched by Stevie Van Zandt and the Founders Board of Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, and Bruce Springsteen, provides free, standards-aligned resources that use music to help K-12 students succeed in science, math, social studies, language arts, and more.



Thursday, February 15, 2024
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST
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