Why this Memphis teacher asks her students to create a mixtape every year

During her African-American history classes, Natasha Wilkins asks her high school students to answer this question in a “free writing” exercise: “Who is responsible for educating the public about injustice?”

The students type away while listening to R&B singer R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest,” which isn’t uncommon. Wilkins has made a point of integrating music into her classroom at GRAD Academy Memphis, a charter high school within Tennessee’s Achievement School District. Her class culminates with a “Hip Hot History” project, a mixtape produced by her students, who write the lyrics and record their songs in a studio to share their learning.

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GRAD Scholars in Ghana

Four GRAD Academy Memphis Scholars spend Christmas in Ghana.

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Only at GRAD Scholar Recruitment Event

Join us for our fun Middle School Open House event!

Monday, March 14th & Friday March 18, 2016.

Eighth grad scholars will have the opportunity to

  • Meet and hear from school leadership
  • Learn about our school’s academic and cultural expectations
  • Get information about sports, clubs, organizations, and other extra-curricular activities
  • Tour the school

As your scholars and their parents begin to make final decisions about high school choice for the 2016-17 school year, we want them to consider GRAD Academy Memphis as they are exposed to the wide variety of exciting offerings at GAM.

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